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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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However, more interestingly, by 1900, the masthead has changed from an Old-English style typeface to a much more modern serif typeface.
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In 1957, New York designer George Salomon sent the city an unsolicited proposal for an integrated (and quite fetching) signage system based on the elegant sans serif typeface Futura and some unmissable fat directional arrows.
The use of slab serif typeface has become common in newspapers and other print publications.
Use a sans serif typeface, such as Helvetica, that is not condensed.
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The page header includes the topic title, and the footer frequently includes quotes, in the same brick-red in a Thesis Serif typeface.
The short answer is that I don't actually have anything particular against them-but I prefer a good serif typeface on screen as well as on paper.