block letter


: an often hand-drawn simple capital letter composed of strokes of uniform thickness

Examples of block letter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The speed limits were lower here, yes, and block letters painted prominently on Koala Beach’s roads warned NO CATS no DOGS, but there were still plenty of cars. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 June 2024 Just in time for summer, Pittsburg will soon unveil a new city sign spelling out its name in giant orange-and-black block letters – a perfect photo op for visitors and residents alike. Judith Prieve, The Mercury News, 5 June 2024 At the end of exercise, we were asked to write one word in big block letters on the other side of our paper. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 22 May 2024 In the snap, Nicola posed in an oversized white T-shirt with Victoria's image on the front and the words, ‘POSH’ printed in big block letters. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Graphic tees first sprung up in fashion in the 1980s thanks to British designer Katharine Hamnett’s block letter slogan shirts. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2023 The brim was frayed and worn, and the word COCKS was stitched in block letters across the front. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New Republic, 14 Aug. 2023 In the poster, a cropped closeup of the saucer is accompanied by a phrase in white block letters—which became a kind of mantra for the viewers of the show, myself among them. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 Above a sea of expectant faces, his name was spelled out in enormous, yellow block letters: B.E.R.N.I.E. The students held them high and wouldn’t let go. Ross Barkan, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of block letter was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Block letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

block letter

: an often hand-printed capital letter having all lines of equal thickness
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