- fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes: She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
- handwriting; penmanship.
- the art of writing beautifully: He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
- a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
- Fine Arts. line or a group of lines either derived from or resembling letter forms and characterized by qualities usually associated with cursive writing, especially that produced with a brush or pen.
- handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an artAlso called: chirography
1610s, from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos “beauty” + graphein “to write” (see -graphy). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Greek was kalli- “beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;” kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.