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great primer

noun, Printing.
an 18-point type of a size larger than Columbian, formerly used for Bibles.
Origin of great primer
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His great primer, for which he has been especially noted by some bibliographers, was very probably that used by Richard Faques.

  • By 1544 a fount of great primer had been completed and a book printed in it, the Praeparatio Euangelica of Eusebius.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • Erickson shot the words at him staccato-fashion, as if they were things known from great primer days.

    The Day Time Stopped Moving Bradner Buckner
British Dictionary definitions for great primer

great primer

(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 18 point
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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