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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2.Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date.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; - compare red-letter.
References in classic literature ?
Around the walls stood several oaken bookcases, the lower shelves of which were filled with rows of gigantic folios and black-letter quartos, and the upper with little parchment-covered duodecimos.
True enough, thought I, as this passage occurred to my mind --old black-letter, thou reasonest well.
In Grandfather's younger days there used to be a wax figure of him in one of the Boston museums, representing a solemn, dark-visaged person, in a minister's black gown, and with a black-letter volume before him.
Dimmesdale, noon-day, and entirely unawares, fell into a deep, deep slumber, sitting in his chair, with a large black-letter volume open before him on the table.
He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened.
Some time ago, when spending a delightful week-end at the ancestral castle of my dear old friend, the Duke of Weatherstonhope (pronounced Wop), I came across an old black-letter MS.