What Is a Sans Serif Font?


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In typography, a font that does not include serifs, or small embellishments at the end of the strokes that form the segments of letters, is a sans-serif font. Sans is the French word for without.

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Sans-serif fonts are commonly used for text on electronic devices for easier readability, especially on low-resolution displays on which serifs may become distorted or distracting. In print, sans-serif fonts are used for emphasis, such as in titles, because of their typically denser pigmentation, whereas serif fonts are often used for body copy. An easily recognized serif font is Times New Roman. Helvetica is a common sans-serif font.

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