This has driven me crazy for some time now and I finally found out the origin of my problem. Now I would like to solve it.

In my thesis document, I add acronyms using the glossaries package. This all works, however I could never figure out why my Acronym items were formatted in Sans Serif, here is a coded MWE:


\usepackage[acronym,% create 'acronym' glossary type
            nomain,% 'main' glossary not needed as using 'acronym'
            style=altlist, % use altlist style
            toc, % add the glossary to the table of contents



% Glossary Entries
\newacronym[description={This is just for show}
]{foo}{foo}{don't really know where foo stand for}

\newacronym[description={And another showoff description}
]{bar}{bar}{beyond all recognition}




Just testing whether I can refer to some \gls{foo} or \gls{bar}.



And an example image: enter image description here

Which, as you surely agree, looks horrible.

After fiddling forever with all my packages and all my style stuffs, I finally changed the last thing I would think influence the look of my glossary... it was the koma-script scrreprt documentclass I am using, if I change this to report this is the output:

enter image description here

As I like a lot of the features koma-script scrreprt offers me, my question is how can I format or tweak something so that my glossary looks as in the second image, whilst still using the scrreprt class.


  • let your \sfdefault be \rmdefault. – Symbol 1 Sep 18 '14 at 14:21
  • Yes, this works. However everything I like about scrreprt (for example: serif titles and the serif captions I use) change with it. I would like to specifically edit the font in the glossaries, not a general setting for my entire document. – MTDJassen Sep 18 '14 at 14:33
  • Do it before your list – Symbol 1 Sep 18 '14 at 14:34

One solution is to use \textnormal instead of \textmd when redefining \glsnamefont.


Another -- and perhaps more consistent -- way is to redefine the formatting used by the labels of description lists, which is also used by glossaries' labels:

  • Thanks for your update, the latter indeed seems more consistent. Will check it out. Thanks for the support! – MTDJassen Sep 18 '14 at 14:52

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