Frak·​tur fräk-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce Fraktur (audio)
variants or less commonly Fractur
: a German style of black letter
often not capitalized : a Pennsylvania German document (such as a birth or wedding certificate) that is written in calligraphy and illuminated with decorative motifs (such as tulips, birds, and scrolls)

Word History


German, from Latin fractura fracture

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Fraktur was in 1904

Dictionary Entries Near Fraktur

Cite this Entry

“Fraktur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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