Definition of Black letter

1. Noun. A heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries.

Exact synonyms: Gothic
Generic synonyms: Case, Face, Font, Fount, Typeface
Derivative terms: Gothic



Definition of Black letter

1. Noun. (typography) 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. ¹

2. Noun. Text set in black-letter type. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The basic standard elements for a particular field of law, which are generally known and free from doubt or dispute. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Black Letter

black holes
black horehound
black huckleberry
black humor
black humour
black ice
black information
black jack
black kite
black knapweed
black knight
black knights
black knot
black larch
black lead
black letter (current term)
black letters
black light
black line
black locust
black locusts
black lotion
black lovage
black lung
black lung disease
black magic
black magick
black maire
black mallee
black mamba

Literary usage of Black letter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes (1834)
"black letter. Contains 86 leaves. — The First two Partes of the Actes, ... black letter. The first p:irt contains N 4, in eights, besides the dedication. ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"Tragical History of the Troubles and Civill Warres of the Low Countries, black- letter, 1581. 4s. 1511. Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets, ..."

3. Collections and Notes, 1867-1876 by William Carew Hazlitt (1876)
"8", black letter, A—D in eights, the last leaf containing a coat of arms with ... Folio, black letter, printed in two columns. Aa, 4 leaves : a—z in sixes ..."

4. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"black letter. 9. ' The Articles wherefore John Frith he Dyed, which he wrote in Newgate i the 23 day of June 1533/ London, 1548, ! 12mo, black letter. 10. ..."

5. The Practice of Typography: A Treatise on Title-pages, with Numerous by Theodore Low De Vinne (1902)
"The style of black-letter used in the first Bible and in the Psalter of 1457 was the style preferred for sumptuous books by all ecclesiastics of the ..."

6. The Practice of Typography: A Treatise on the Processes of Type-making, the by Theodore Low De Vinne (1900)
"... X Black-letter ^LACK-LETTER is a degenerate form of the roman character. Its mannerisms probably began with copyists not expert at curved lines, ..."

7. Shakespeare Jest-books: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-books by William Carew Hazlitt (1864)
"Imprinted at London in Flet-Stret, beneath the Conduit, at the signe of S. John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. nd 12°, black letter. ..."

8. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes (1834)
"black letter. Contains 86 leaves. — The First two Partes of the Actes, ... black letter. The first p:irt contains N 4, in eights, besides the dedication. ..."

9. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"Tragical History of the Troubles and Civill Warres of the Low Countries, black- letter, 1581. 4s. 1511. Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets, ..."

10. Collections and Notes, 1867-1876 by William Carew Hazlitt (1876)
"8", black letter, A—D in eights, the last leaf containing a coat of arms with ... Folio, black letter, printed in two columns. Aa, 4 leaves : a—z in sixes ..."

11. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"black letter. 9. ' The Articles wherefore John Frith he Dyed, which he wrote in Newgate i the 23 day of June 1533/ London, 1548, ! 12mo, black letter. 10. ..."

12. The Practice of Typography: A Treatise on Title-pages, with Numerous by Theodore Low De Vinne (1902)
"The style of black-letter used in the first Bible and in the Psalter of 1457 was the style preferred for sumptuous books by all ecclesiastics of the ..."

13. The Practice of Typography: A Treatise on the Processes of Type-making, the by Theodore Low De Vinne (1900)
"... X Black-letter ^LACK-LETTER is a degenerate form of the roman character. Its mannerisms probably began with copyists not expert at curved lines, ..."

14. Shakespeare Jest-books: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-books by William Carew Hazlitt (1864)
"Imprinted at London in Flet-Stret, beneath the Conduit, at the signe of S. John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. nd 12°, black letter. ..."

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