- 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
Historical Examples of 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.