from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A style of black letter formerly used in German manuscripts and printing.
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- n. A style of black letter type, used especially in Germany in the 16th to 20th centuries.
- n. A Pennsylvania German document style, incorporating watercolour illustration and fraktur lettering.
German, from Latin frāctūra, a breaking (from the curlicues that appear to break up the word); see fracture.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1886 fractur, 1904 fraktur, from German Fraktur, from Latin frāctūra ("breaking n.") < frangere ("to break"), past participle fractus. Compare fracture, fraction. (Wiktionary)