art of producing beautiful or elegant handwriting, penmanship
\cal*lig"ra*phy\, n. [gr. &?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;&?;: cf. f. calligraphie.] fair or elegant penmanship.
Calligraphy (from kallos "beauty" and graphẽ "writing") is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke (as opposed to built up lettering, in which the letters are drawn). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner".
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term for artistically applied writing - important element in chinese and japanese artwork, as well as in islamic art
1. beautiful handwriting
(hypernym) handwriting, hand, script
art of penmanship, writing as a decorative art.
(Gr) kalos (beautiful) + graphein (to write)
beautiful writing ;excellent penmanship***As we examine ancient manuscripts, we became impressed with the calligraphy of the scribes.
Handwriting as art. It probably reached its zenith as an art form in the 12th to 15th century, but has undergone a revival in recent years.
Fair or elegant penmanship.
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