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Meaning of calligraphy

cal•lig•ra•phy

Pronunciation: (ku-lig'ru-fē), [key]
— n.
  1. fancy penmanship, esp. highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes: She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
  2. handwriting; penmanship.
  3. the art of writing beautifully: He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
  4. a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, esp. Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
  5. line or a group of lines either derived from or resembling letter forms and characterized by qualities usually associated with cursive writing, esp. that produced with a brush or pen.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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