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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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White block letters on black backgrounds announcing a new teacher or subject serve as blackboard lessons. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Before RuPaul, the documentary ‘Paris Is Burning’ illuminated drag," 3 July 2019 Big block letters informed me that these were Ohio Scientific Challenger 2P computers. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "First encounter: Ohio Challenger 2P (and its 4KB of RAM)," 2 Sep. 2019 All the best mission statements are concise enough to fit on a T-shirt and bold enough to be hung in block letters on the wall at the team’s training facility. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Nobody ran harder in pursuit of Broncos’ excellence than franchise owner Pat Bowlen," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of block letter

1849, in the meaning defined above

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

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