from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Applied to books or editions (esp. of the Greek New Testament and the classics) printed and published by the Elzevir family at Amsterdam, Leyden, etc., from about 1592 to 1680; also, applied to a round open type introduced by them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to the Elzevir family of Dutch printers. See below.
  • Noting a cut of printing-type. See II., 2.
  • n. A book printed by one of the Elzevir family.
  • n. A form of old-style printing-type, with firm hair-lines and stubby serifs, largely used by the Elzevirs of the seventeenth century.


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