black letter

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The Gutenberg Bible, and all of Johannes Gutenberg's works were printed in blackletter type
Fraktur type. Detail from the dedication page of Goethe's Faust, a 1920 edition.

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black letter (countable and uncountable, plural black letters)

  1. (typography) A Northern European style of type, with contrasting thick-and-thin, angular strokes forming upright letterforms, and usually set with a dark typographic colour on the page.
  2. Text set in black-letter type.
  3. (law) The basic standard elements for a particular field of law, which are generally known and free from doubt or dispute.

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