Definition of calligraphy in English:



  • 1Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.

    • ‘He handed me a note, folded neatly down the middle and lettered in flowing calligraphy.’
    • ‘She picked up the fine blossom and began to read the words written in perfect flowing calligraphy.’
    • ‘A sign written in neat calligraphy says that this marks the spot of a village that was destroyed by a flood a year ago.’
    • ‘Significantly, this confession of faith is written in the Gujarati script, rather than in Arabic calligraphy.’
    • ‘The scriptwork, calligraphy and artwork are nothing short of magical and there is a further treat for bookish types as you get to wander through the barrel vaulted Long Room Library as well.’
    • ‘The committee in charge of publicity for the dance put up a poster written in Old English calligraphy.’
    • ‘As expressed in painting, writing and calligraphy, the moon inspired many Chinese scholars throughout the centuries.’
    • ‘Both clerical and cursive scripts are now regarded as forms of Chinese calligraphy.’
    • ‘On the front of the envelope, written in blood-red flowing calligraphy, was one word: Sydney.’
    • ‘He was interested in calligraphy, writing his lectures in beautifully drawn characters.’
    • ‘Saira opened it and pulled out several parchment sheets covered with calligraphy writing.’
    • ‘I also got the opportunity to write some Chinese calligraphy.’
    • ‘This attention to detail, beauty, and muscle control can later be transferred to cursive writing and beautiful calligraphy.’
    • ‘The inside message was written in red calligraphy by David's own hand.’
    • ‘She even made a placard written in calligraphy and in faultless rhyming couplets denouncing the union.’
    • ‘Hearing this, Lanz reached into his pants pocket to pull out a small, crisp piece of paper, with something written in calligraphy.’
    • ‘Paintings of fruits, flowers, animals, and national anthem written in ornate Urdu calligraphy embellish its forehead.’
    • ‘She gently pressed the note in her palm, touching the delicately written calligraphy with her fingertips.’
    • ‘Her name had been written in calligraphy across the center of the envelope.’
    • ‘It was a simple, yet elegant invitation - all white, with a little emboss of flowers and the information written in calligraphy.’
    handwriting, writing, script, longhand, letters, pen
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    1. 1.1The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush.
      • ‘Deeply influenced by Chinese traditional calligraphy and paintings, Qin uses the simplest and most compact constructions and patterns.’
      • ‘In Kuwait, as in many Islamic countries, the art of calligraphy is one of the most longstanding and thriving forms of expression.’
      • ‘It was noted that most students lack a thorough background in typography, lettering and calligraphy.’
      • ‘Then on Tuesday the Dorsey women get together for classes in such activities as calligraphy, photography and health cookery.’
      • ‘Little essays in this direction were already made in Prospero's Books, with its concern for the art of calligraphy, for what it meant and stood for.’
      • ‘They learn calligraphy, they read poetry, they study the philosophers but they refuse to identify with the governments.’
      • ‘Some will also give you basic knowledge about the tea ceremony, handicrafts, Chinese calligraphy and painting.’
      • ‘Folk arts to be taught include Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, paper cutting, paper tearing, knitting and flower arranging.’
      • ‘Her desire to further her potential led her to explore the neglected art of calligraphy and she soon mastered the infinite possibilities of the Devanagri script.’
      • ‘The tools of calligraphy include accessories such as penholders, brush pots, ink boxes, paperweights, seals and seal boxes.’
      • ‘Qianlong proves a generous patron of the arts, supporting classical calligraphy, poetry and painting.’
      • ‘The curriculum covers not only language, but Chinese culture as well, including calligraphy and painting.’
      • ‘Among contemporary artists, the most popular media are printmaking, calligraphy, and photography.’
      • ‘Without doubt a creative person, Robert has tried his hand at calligraphy, oil painting and wood-carving.’
      • ‘This is very different from Judo and other Japanese traditions, such as the art of calligraphy.’
      • ‘The last piece saw the coming together of the Chinese art of calligraphy with music.’
      • ‘Toward the end of the Yuan dynasty, scholar-painters moved on to landscape painting and calligraphy.’
      • ‘Many Palestinians are skilled in calligraphy and illustrate verses from the Koran in beautiful designs and sell them at art shows.’
      • ‘Later, the guqin was regarded as one of the four required arts for ancient Chinese scholars, including the art of Go, calligraphy and painting.’
      • ‘This device is widely used in Chinese calligraphy and painting.’


Early 17th century: from Greek kalligraphia, from kalligraphos person who writes beautifully from kallos beauty + graphein write.