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Definition of "copperplate" [cop•per•plate]

  • A copper printing plate engraved or etched to form a recessed pattern of the matter to be printed. (noun)
  • A print or engraving made by using such a plate. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "copperplate" in a sentence
  • "With this style, the text is etched onto a copperplate, which is pressed into the invitation - creating a raised effect."
  • "On the present occasion he took pains to make it even more careful than usual, and the result was that it looked not unlike the "copperplate" handwriting a girl would learn at the convent, though an expert would probably have declared it disguised."
  • "More formal historic scripts, such as copperplate or Spencerian, use ­either a square nib or quill, or a point."