Why is it called a “font family”?

A font is a version of a typeface. Usually, a typeface has several font versions to provide different formatting options in terms of font weights and styles:

  • roman (regular)
  • boldfaced (bold)
  • italicized (italic)
  • small caps

Many typefaces/font families (same thing on the web) have several font weights, ranging from hair (thinnest) to black (thickets).

You can think of a typeface as the parent/root design, and all its font as its children. Together they are a font family.


The typeface below is called Alegreya and it has numerous font weights and styles:

A list of different font styles and font weights from the font family called Alegreya

In short: a font family is a collection of fonts that belong to the same typeface.

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