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What is “serif” and “sans-serif”?

A font is often described as being “serif” or “sans-serif”.

Serifs are small projections at the ends of strokes in a letter, number or other character. A serif character has these projections, and looks like this (we’ve circled some of the serifs):

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The Sheriff (serif) hung his hat on nail projections on the wall.


“Sans serif” (sometimes shortened to just “sans”) means “without serif”. A sans serif font has no projections at the end of strokes, and looks like this:

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remember sands sheriff in english languageThe hands of the Sheriff (sans serif) disappeared like sand (sans). 


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