Definition of Aldine in English:



  • Relating to the Italian printer Aldus Manutius, or to certain display typefaces.

    • ‘In the Aldine engravings Abydos passes from the crescent to the cross.’
    • ‘The Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device, introduced in 1501-2, is perhaps the most famous of all printers' devices.’
    • ‘We cannot understand the work of Aldus Manutius and the Aldine printing-office, or the innovation made by books in small format printed in italic type, unless we know something of the intellectual condition of Europe at the time of Aldus.’
    • ‘The investigation made finds that the Aldine printing (the work of Aldus Manutius and his punchcutter Francesco Griffo, and their successors) used a set of exact ratios.’
    • ‘In his long commentary on the adage ‘Festina Lente’ (Make haste slowly), Erasmus described the genesis and significance of the anchor and dolphin in the Aldine colophon.’


Early 19th century: from Latin Aldinus, from Aldus, the printer's given name.