black letter

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noun Printing.

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

First recorded in 1630–40
Also called text.
Related formsblack-let·ter, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for black letter

black letter


noun

printing another name for Gothic (def. 10)
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Word Origin and History for black letter

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.

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