a heavy-faced type in a style like that of early European hand lettering and the earliest printed books.
- Also called text.
- black-letter, adjective
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How to use black letter in a sentence
Had she only followed “black letter law,” the wife would have lost her home.Female Judges From Around the Globe Convene in D.C. | Eve Conant | April 2, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Others may deem the knotted subtleties of black-letter a sorry recompense for the "wild crash and tumult of the fray."The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
I have no manner of natural taste for study, and poring, and expounding, and black-letter work.Camilla | Fanny Burney
Do not let it hence be said that black letter lore is the only fashionable pursuit of the present age of book collectors.Prices of Books | Henry B. Wheatley
The paper was to be of hand-made linen, from the Kelmscott Mills; the type black-letter, with rubricated initials.
This book is the true history of his reign, and would be worth to us fifty black-letter Caxtons.A Walk from London to Fulham | Thomas Crofton Croker
British Dictionary definitions for black letter
printing another name for Gothic (def. 10)
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