Definition of Fraktur in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfraktʊə/
Pronunciation: /frakˈtuːɐ/


[mass noun]
A German style of black-letter type.
Example sentences
  • He uses his virtuoso calligraphic skills to create works that call up everything from illuminated manuscripts to German Fraktur wedding certificates.
  • He used his usual Caslon Antiqua, which must have seemed as odd to the German readers of the day as English printed in Fraktur type would seem to us.
  • But when he read a German book printed in old but easily decipherable Fraktur type (as in Haeckel's 1868 edition), he wrote his annotations in the corresponding and now extinct Sutterlin script (which I cannot read at all).


Late 19th century: German, from Latin fractura 'fracture' (because of its angularity).

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