block letter


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Quinta Brunson noted, Delevingne wore an oversized T-shirt with black block letter stating so. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 The robot is in the process of turning a block letter on a game board. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 The charm, a simple block letter hung from a short chain, is highly visible in early images of Diana. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 2 Dec. 2020 Any gal who wants to display her namesake will love this block letter necklace from Anthropologie, which is a twist on the classic monogram. Cailey Lindberg, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2020 Monogram options include block letter necklace ($38), pendant necklace ($38) pin ($12) and mugs ($10-$14). oregonlive, 17 May 2020 And taped to the door was a red notice with one word, handwritten in block letters: DECEASED. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2020 The block letters offered the lone epitaph for an unknown white male, approximately 30 years old, found near Pier 17 of lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport. CBS News, 13 Apr. 2020 In October, when Facebook removed the accounts with ties to the Russian group, researchers pointed out the group’s posts had minimal text of block letters overlaid on top of images. Davey Alba, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition

block letter

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