noun Etymology: French or Greek; French calligraphie, from Greek kalligraphia, from kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) + -graphia -graphy Date: 1604 1. a. artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering b. the art of producing such writing 2. penmanship 3. an ornamental line in drawing or paintingcalligraphic adjectivecalligraphically adverb

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