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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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distinguish between traditional old style, transitional and modern serifs.
get ready to retract the idea of serifs, the pennants that pull the eye
The vertical position of the bar in serif fonts is mostly around 50% of the ascender, excluding the height of serifs.
Optical middle is obviously lower than 50% due to the x-height and serifs.
For ages, they have been willing to throw down over the merits of serif versus sans-serif typefaces - whether or not letters should carry little decorative flourishes, or serifs, like the rightward kick on a lowercase a, the leftward angle on a lowercase d or the miniscule hat that caps a capital letter such as J.
Serifs are the little "tails" and "hooks" at the end of letters like "p" and "f.
Jenson's original design featured distinctive slab serif shapes and asymmetrical foot serifs, which Arnholm carried over into his work.
Slab serif typefaces, characterized by thick, blocky serifs, are also known as Egyptian typefaces.
The spirit of Meridien is still evident in Frutiger Serif, which incorporates elegant serifs, gentle curves and arcs.
Slab serifs have been very popular recently with this sub-genre of the serif taking a firm hold in the realms of publishing and corporate identity.
Stojadinovic added geometric serifs to the original design to create four weights in serif and sans serif sub-families.
The odd mixture of superficial details such as the half serifs and the protruding horizontal strokes confuse your visual senses, yet the simple geometric roots of the letterforms are apparent and ultimately reassuring.