[calligraphy sample from a Caxton manuscript]

  • Greek: kalligraphia, beautiful handwriting


The art of fine handwriting, the greatest masterpieces of which are found in manuscripts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The most beautiful of these, with letters more perfect and regular than much of the machine-made type we have today, were mainly the work of monks.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “calligraphy”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 September 2013. Web. 20 July 2018. <>