Meaning of Fraktur


Pronunciation: (fräk-tr'), [key]
— n.
  1. German black-letter text, a style of type.
  2. (usually l.c.)
    1. a stylized, highly decorative watercolor or watercolor-and-ink painting in the Pennsylvania-German tradition, often bearing elaborate calligraphy and standardized motifs, as birds, tulips, mermaids, and unicorns, and typically appearing on a book page, baptismal certificate or other family record, or merchant's advertisement.
    2. the elaborate calligraphy used in frakturs.
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