from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art and technique of printing with movable type.
  • n. The composition of printed material from movable type.
  • n. The arrangement and appearance of printed matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art or practice of setting and arranging type; typesetting.
  • n. The practice or process of printing with type.
  • n. The appearance and style of typeset matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of expressing by means of types or symbols; emblematical or hieroglyphic representation.
  • n. The art of printing with types; the use of types to produce impressions on paper, vellum, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of composing types and printing from them.
  • n. In a restricted use, type-work; the branch of printing connected with composition; the preparation of matter in type for use in printing.
  • n. The general character or appearance of printed matter.
  • n. Emblematical or hieroglyphic representation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the craft of composing type and printing from it
  • n. art and technique of printing with movable type


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French typographie, from Medieval Latin typographia : Greek tupos, impression + Latin -graphia, -graphy.

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From French typographie.



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