swash letter

swash letter

n.
An ornamental letter with elaborate, flowing flourishes and tails.

[Origin unknown.]

swash letter

n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a decorative letter, esp an ornamental italic capital
[C17 swash (n, in the sense: the decorative flourish of an ornamental letter) from aswash aslant]
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The gravestones demonstrated a fine use of a seriffed letter combined with italics and the carefully judged use of swash letters, all balanced with illustrative material where necessary.
Rob's typeface Ambiance is an elegant calligraphic design that includes capital and lowercase swash letters.