Copperplate (noun)

  1. A copper plate used for printing illustrations or text.
  2. A style of handwriting, typically used for invitations and formal documents, that is characterized by thin, delicate strokes and a slight slant to the right.


Early 18th century: from copper + plate.


  1. The printer used a copperplate to print the illustrations in the book.
  2. The invitation was written in copperplate script, giving it a formal and elegant look.
  3. Copperplate engraving is a traditional method of printing illustrations and maps on paper.
  4. The calligrapher was trained in the art of copperplate writing.
  5. Copperplate script is a formal and elegant style of handwriting that is often used in invitations and formal documents.
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