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[kak-stuh n]
  1. William,1422?–91, English printer, translator, and author: established first printing press in England 1476.
  2. Bibliography. any one of the books printed by Caxton, all of which are in black letter.
  3. Printing. a kind of type imitating Caxton's black letter.
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Related formsCax·to·ni·an [kak-stoh-nee-uh n] /kækˈstoʊ ni ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The names of English towns in this list are added by Caxton.

    Dialogues in French and English

    William Caxton

  • The names of English bishoprics, however, are most likely added by Caxton.

  • From this line to the end seems to be an addition by Caxton.

  • The preceding table of contents may have been added by Caxton himself.

  • Of Caxton's edition two copies are known, of which one is imperfect.

British Dictionary definitions for caxton


  1. a book printed by William Caxton
  2. a style of type, imitating the Gothic, that Caxton used in his books
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  1. William. ?1422–91, English printer and translator: published, in Bruges, the first book printed in English (1475) and established the first printing press in England (1477)
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