black letter

  1. a heavy-faced type in a style like that of early European hand lettering and the earliest printed books.

Origin of black letter

First recorded in 1630–40

Other words from black letter

  • black-letter, adjective

Words Nearby black letter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use black letter in a sentence

  • 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

black letter

  1. printing another name for Gothic (def. 10)

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