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What is the Centaur® font?

Originally designed by Bruce Rogers for the Metropolitan Museum in 1914, Centaur was released by Monotype in 1929. Modeled on letters cut by the fifteenth-century printer Nicolas Jenson, Centaur has a beauty of line and proportion that has been widely acclaimed since its release. The italic type, originally named Arrighi, was designed by Frederic Warde in 1925. He modeled his letters on those of Ludovico degli Arrighi, a Renaissance scribe whose lettering work is among the finest of the chancery cursives. Arrighi was produced by Monotype as the companion for Centaur in 1929. Centaur is a beautiful typeface for books, and can be used effectively for shorter text as well. The Centaur Italic (Arrighi) Alternate offers a different design for the lowercase z and zcaron.

Centaur® Font families

The Centaur® includes the following font families:

  • Centaur MT Std
  • Centaur MT Std Italic
  • Centaur MT Std Bold
  • Centaur MT Std Bold Italic

Centaur® Preview

Here is a preview of how Centaur® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Centaur® available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Centaur® is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Centaur®, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Centaur® and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Centaur® is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Centaur® and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Centaur®. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Centaur® for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Centaur® Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Centaur® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Centaur® and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)