braille

Definitions

General English

Information & Library Science

  • noun
    (written as Braille)
    a system of printing that enables blind people to read by feeling with their fingers letters which are printed as groups of raised dots

Media Studies

  • noun
    (written as Braille)
    a writing system for visually impaired people, consisting of patterns of raised dots that are read by touch

Origin & History of “braille”

Braille, the system of printing in raised dots for the blind, was named after its inventor, the French teacher Louis Braille (1809–1852), himself blind from the age of three. He perfected his set of letter and number signs in 1834, but the term did not appear in English until the early 1850s.
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