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Ornamental font

A special font (or variant type style) with pictorial rather than text characters. Such characters are used to embellish/decorate the text, e.g. as a divider between sections in a chapter.

Examples are such ornaments are:

(Are symbol fonts like Symbol, Wingdings, etc. ornamental fonts? I’ll have to think about that and investigate further.)

This definition is new, i.e. not extracted from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on the use of special fonts.

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