Black letter

Black letter
Black letter Black" let`ter The old English or Gothic letter, in which the Early English manuscripts were written, and the first English books were printed. It was conspicuous for its blackness. See {Type}. [1913 Webster]

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  • black letter — black letter, adj. Print. a heavy faced type in a style like that of early European hand lettering and the earliest printed books. Also called text. [1630 40] * * * or Gothic script or Old English script Style of alphabet used in handwriting… …   Universalium

  • Black-letter — Black let ter, a. 1. Written or printed in black letter; as, a black letter manuscript or book. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date. [1913 Webster] Kemble, a black letter man! J.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black letter — early 17c., from BLACK (Cf. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • black–letter — black–let·ter adj: having wide acceptance and great authority and often written down black–letter law Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Black Letter — Black Let|ter [ blæk ] die; , n <aus gleichbed. engl. black letter, zu letter »Buchstabe«> im 16. Jh. in England gebräuchliche gotische Schrift …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Black letter — (engl., spr. bläck), s. Mönchsschrift …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Black letter — Black letter, s. Mönchsschrift …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • black letter — n. a kind of heavy faced, ornamental printing type: also called Gothic, Old English, or text …   English World dictionary

  • black letter — noun a) A Northern European style of type, with contrasting thick and thin, angular strokes forming upright letterforms, and usually set with a dark typographic colour on the page. b) Text set in black letter type …   Wiktionary

  • black-letter — /ˈblæk lɛtə/ (say blak letuh) Printing –noun 1. a heavy faced type in Gothic style like that in early English printed books. –adjective 2. of, relating to, set in, or resembling black letter …  

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