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Is there another word for individual letters of the alphabet, perhaps a typographical reference?

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A word for individual letters? That's a tough one, but I'd like to buy a word: letter. –  Cole Johnson Apr 12 at 21:01

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glyph

A glyph is an element of writing: An individual mark on a written medium that contributes to the meaning of what is written.


In typography, a glyph has a slightly different definition: it is "the specific shape, design, or representation of a character".

It is a particular graphical representation, in a particular typeface, of an element of written language, which could be a grapheme, or part of a grapheme, or sometimes several graphemes in combination (a composed glyph)

Note: It goes beyond letters and covers marks in alphabetic systems as well (like a diacritic mark)

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Consider character

A printed or written letter or symbol.

Also sort

(often plural) (printing) any of the individual characters making up a fount of type

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Character. Take a look at the Character Map on your computer.

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