Definition of Aldine in English:



  • Relating to the Italian printer Aldus Manutius, or to certain display typefaces.

    ‘In his long commentary on the adage ‘Festina Lente’ (Make haste slowly), Erasmus described the genesis and significance of the anchor and dolphin in the Aldine colophon.’
    • ‘In the Aldine engravings Abydos passes from the crescent to the cross.’
    • ‘The Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device, introduced in 1501-2, is perhaps the most famous of all printers' devices.’
    • ‘We cannot understand the work of Aldus Manutius and the Aldine printing-office, or the innovation made by books in small format printed in italic type, unless we know something of the intellectual condition of Europe at the time of Aldus.’
    • ‘The investigation made finds that the Aldine printing (the work of Aldus Manutius and his punchcutter Francesco Griffo, and their successors) used a set of exact ratios.’



/ˈôldīn/ /ˈɔldaɪn/ /ˈôldēn/ /ˈɔldin/


Mid 17th century from modern Latin Aldinus, from Aldus, the printer's given name, + -ine.