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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name now given to the Gothic or Old English letter, which was introduced into England about the middle of the fourteenth century, and was the character generally used in manuscripts and in the first printed books. It is still, with various modifications, in common use in Germany.
  • Written or printed in black-letter: as, a black-letter manuscript or book.

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

  • adjective Written or printed in black letter.
  • adjective Given to the study of books in black letter; that is, of old books; out of date.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the days in the calendar not marked with red letters as saints' days; -- compare red-letter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Attributive form of black letter
  • noun Written or printed in black letter.
  • noun Given to the study of books in black letter; old-fashioned.
  • noun Of or relating to the days in the calendar not marked with red letters as saints' days; unlucky; inauspicious.

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