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Definition of block letter

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

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One agency perched itself in front of a garish mural of swirling colors, block letters, and cartoon figures that seemed straight out of every stoner caricature. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 The superstar’s last name and number 34 are printed in large block letters. Malika Andrews,, "A city divided: Bucks see new arena as downtown melting pot," 28 June 2018 Some used small, block letters, and others wrote in big, curvy script. David Montero,, "Memories of a massacre in Vegas: The aftermath of the nation's deadliest shooting," 20 May 2018 But mostly it’s words, carved in big block letters, that keep surfacing. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 Written on their sides in block letters were two ominous words: BAILERS BUS. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's unlikely ultramarathoner helps others cross the finish line," 6 July 2018 Soon enough, words took over and became entire pictures, including perhaps the best known: Oof, a trilogy of sans-serif block letters in cadmium yellow against cobalt and Bellini blue. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 For the janitorial staff, polka dots surrounded block letters that read: Thank you for keeping our school spotless. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "St. James School Holds Week-Long Teachers Appreciation Celebration," 15 May 2018 There were lots of photos and visual aids, simple messages typed out in big block letters — the kinds of things Trump reportedly likes to see when receiving information. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Netanyahu’s allegedly huge Iran revelation, explained," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of block letter

1849, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of block letter

: a capital letter often printed by hand that has all lines of equal thickness

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