from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavy typeface with very broad counters and thick ornamental serifs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • The old English or Gothic letter, in which the Early English manuscripts were written, and the first English books were printed. It was conspicuous for its blackness. See type.

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  • noun 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.
  • noun Text set in black-letter type.
  • noun 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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  • noun a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries


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  • Also known as Gothic type. A variety of type popular in Western Europe between 1150 and 1500 A.D. Used for German-language printings until the 20th century. (Fraktur is a notable script of this type, and sometimes the entire group of faces are known as Fraktur.)

    February 20, 2007