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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black letter was in 1639

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“Black letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20letter. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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