black letter

noun

Definition of black letter

: a heavy angular condensed typeface used especially by the earliest European printers and based on handwriting used chiefly in the 13th to 15th centuries; also : this style of handwriting

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First Known Use of black letter

1639


Law Dictionary

black-letter

adjective black-let·ter

legal Definition of black-letter

: having wide acceptance and great authority and often written down
  • black-letter law

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