Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A size of printing-type measuring 112 lines to the foot, next larger than minion and smaller than bourgeois. The larger type of this Dictionary, as in the present paragraph, is brevier.
- n. Figuratively, something smaller than another taken as a norm. Coues, Key to N. A. Birds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Print.) A size of type between bourgeois and minion.
- Probably from being originally used in printing a breviary. (Wiktionary)
“Murray used four bold fonts: a large-face bold Egyptian, a large-face lighter Egyptian, a small-face lighter Egyptian – all cast on brevier (about 7½ pt) and a nonpareil bold (about 6 pt).”
“He was walking by the hedge, reading, I think a brevier book with, I doubt not, a witty letter in it from Glycera or Chloe to keep the page.”
“The body of the bill, printed in brevier, is as it came from the House.”
“Amendments made by the Senate striking out words are in brevier, with brackets, and the words inserted in lieu thereof in the handwriting of the Clerk, are in SMALL CAPS.”
“Sixteen pages each page to contain two Columns except the pages containing advertisements each of which are to contain three Columns and that the average size of the Type shall be brevier solid.”
“After due deliberation he admitted that there was a very striking similarity, only it seemed to him that the other's brevier was a shade thinner in the hair-stroke than his own, and the small caps. would go a thought more to the pound; while as to the semicolons and marks of interrogation, they looked as if they came out of a different font altogether.”
“Highness, Princess Helen, honoured the Misses Reid and Bryant last evening at a soiree. '-- leaded brevier every morning on the editorial page.”
“More or less arbitrary names -- such as minion, bourgeois, brevier, and nonpareil, -- were formerly used; but what is called the point-system is now practically universal, although its unit, the "point," is not everywhere the same.”
“He was walking by the hedge, reading, I think a brevier book with, I doubt not,”
“_A Handbook of Astronomy_ (cover, brown leather, detached, S plates, antique letterpress long primer, author's footnotes nonpareil, marginal clues brevier, captions small pica).”
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