black letter

noun Printing.

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


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

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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