a. The art of decorative handwriting.
b. Works in decorative handwriting considered as a group.
[French calligraphie, from Greek kalligraphiā, beautiful writing : kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + -graphiā, -graphy.]
cal·ligra·pher, cal·ligra·phist n.
cal′li·graphic (kăl′ĭ-grăfĭk) adj.
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