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A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.

[Perhaps from Dutch schreef, line, from Middle Dutch scrēve, from scriven, to write, from Latin scrībere; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈsɛrɪf) or rarely


(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character
[C19: perhaps from Dutch schreef dash, probably of Germanic origin, compare Old High German screvōn to engrave]


(ˈsɛr ɪf)

a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of E.
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Noun1.serif - a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
line - a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"


nSerife f
adj fontserifenbetont
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