black letter definition

  • noun:
    • huge typeface with very wide counters and dense decorative serifs. Also known as gothic, Old English.
    • A Northern European form of type, with contrasting thick-and-thin, angular shots creating upright letterforms, and often set with a dark typographic colour on web page.
    • Text set in black-letter type.
    • the essential standard elements for a certain field of legislation, which can be known and clear of question or dispute.
    • a heavy typeface in use from fifteenth to 18th hundreds of years
  • others:
    • The old English or Gothic page, where the Early English manuscripts were written, and the first English books had been printed. It was conspicuous for the blackness. See kind.

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