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Meaning of BLACK LETTER

Pronunciation:  blak 'letur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
 
 Synonyms: Gothic
 
 See Also: face, font, fount, typeface

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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}.
    
    
  2. \Black"-let`ter\, a.
    1. Written or printed in black letter; as, a black-letter
       manuscript or book.
    
    2. Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of
       old books; out of date.
    
             Kemble, a black-letter man!           --J. Boaden.
    
    3. Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not marked
       with red letters as saints' days. Hence: Unlucky;
       inauspicious.
    
    
 

 

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