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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The walls are lined with handmade white tiles meant to resemble corn kernels and a black letter board lists the shop’s offerings: taco, tamal, elote, frijoles de olla, salsa miltomate. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "In a Land of Tortilla Factories, Enrique Olvera’s New Tortilleria Is Doing It Old School," 20 June 2018 Property owners in and around the Arlington entertainment district who are licensed to provide off-site parking must display a sign featuring a black letter P surrounded by a green circle. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Going to the NFL Draft? Follow these tips to beat the traffic and snag a parking spot at AT&T Stadium | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Apr. 2018 Its theatrical brass lamps and large black letters advertising current screenings on the building's curved exterior conjure up 1920's Berlin, as does its silent oldies and art house program. Karen Burshtein, Vogue, "From Burlesque to Bauhaus, Here’s Where to Find the Roaring 20s in Berlin Today," 29 Jan. 2018 Stamped in bold black letters, the phrase: IMPERFECT NOT FOR RESALE. Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, "Lorde on the Historic 2018 Grammys, the #MeToo Movement & Loving Cardi B," 19 Jan. 2018 The Italian scholar rediscovered the catacombs under Rome in 1593, and at some point decided to scrawl his name in big black letters above Christ and his disciples, reports Povoledo. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes," 5 June 2017 The west end zone read SAN DIEGO STATE in black letters with white outline. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs dominate UC Davis in 38-17 win," 2 Sep. 2017

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1639, in the meaning defined above

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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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