Fair or elegant penmanship
- gorgeous handwriting
- Fair or elegant penmanship.
1610s, from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" (see Callisto) + graphein "to publish" (see -graphy). Related: Calligraphic. The typical comb. kind in Greek ended up being kalli- "beautiful, fine, pleased, positive;" kalo- had been a later, rarer alternate kind.
Greeks from Crete collated MSS., read proofs, and gave models of calligraphy for casts of Greek type.