black letter


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to black letter: Black letter law
click for a larger image
black letter

black letter

n.
A heavy typeface with very broad counters and thick ornamental serifs. Also called gothic, Old English.

black letter

n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another name for Gothic10

black′ let′ter


n.
a type in a style like that of early European hand lettering and the earliest printed books. Also called text.
[1630–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black letter - a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuriesblack letter - a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
font, fount, typeface, face, case - a specific size and style of type within a type family
References in classic literature ?
It was written in pencil, in a fine but very peculiar handwriting, which was hard to read: it was just like black letter.
Her long braids are looped one on the other so that they make a black letter U behind, and they are tied with grand bows at the top
with black letter, must recognise in the Clerk of Copmanhurst,
Yet we do not need to read the words aloud, the sight of the black letters on the white page is enough.
At the edge of this awful waste was a large, white sign with black letters neatly painted upon it and the letters made these words:
On one side of it, on the side nearest to me, the newly-cut inscription met my eyes--the hard, clear, cruel black letters which told the story of her life and death.
A dark, thick-set man, wearing a long travelling ulster and a Homburg hat, and carrying in his hand a brown leather dressing-case, across which was painted in black letters the name MR.
There was but one old man in the little garden before his cottage, and him they were timid of approaching, for he was the schoolmaster, and had 'School' written up over his window in black letters on a white board.
He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank on such a night; he described the said Stephen Blackpool by dress, complexion, estimated height, and manner, as minutely as he could; he recited how he had left the town, and in what direction he had been last seen going; he had the whole printed in great black letters on a staring broadsheet; and he caused the walls to be posted with it in the dead of night, so that it should strike upon the sight of the whole population at one blow.
The first of these personages carried in his right hand a sword; the second, two golden keys; the third, a pair of scales; the fourth, a spade: and, in order to aid sluggish minds which would not have seen clearly through the transparency of these attributes, there was to be read, in large, black letters, on the hem of the robe of brocade, MY NAME IS NOBILITY; on the hem of the silken robe, MY NAME IS CLERGY; on the hem of the woolen robe, MY NAME IS MERCHANDISE; on the hem of the linen robe, MY NAME IS LABOR.
She smoothed out one of the bills, and the Doctor read his own name in great black letters across the bottom.
I'll swear I saw "coffin" written in every page of the book in large black letters,--aye, and they carried one close to me, in the streets to-night.