- a heavy-faced type in a style like that of early European hand lettering and the earliest printed books. blakltr.png
Origin of black letter
Examples from the Web for black letter
Then a black-letter Bible was brought him, and he read it all to himself at a side-table.Put Yourself in His Place
Roman type, unlike the black-letter, had two distinct origins.Printing and the Renaissance
John Rothwell Slater
I do so on the assumption that "Ihon Day" is the Day of black-letter rarity.
This ballad was given from a black-letter copy in the Pepys collection.
Black-letter, precedents, and technicalities he cared little for.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
- printing another name for Gothic (def. 10)
Word Origin and History for black letter
early 17c., from black (adj.); so called to distinguish heavy, old-style printers' types from the ones coming into use then, which are the dominant modern forms, though a style of black letter was preserved in German into 20c.