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[frahk-toor] /frɑkˈtur/
Printing. German black-letter text, a style of type.
(usually lowercase). Also, fractur.
  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.
Origin of Fraktur
1900-05, Americanism; < German < Latin frāctūra action of breaking (in reference to the curlicues that broke up the continuous line of a word). See fracture Unabridged
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/German frakˈtuːr/
a style of typeface, formerly used in German typesetting for many printed works
Word Origin
German, from Latin fractūra a breaking, fracture; from the curlicues that seem to interrupt the continuous line of a word
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Word Origin and History for Fraktur



German black-lettering, 1886, from German Fraktur, from Latin fractura (see fracture (n.)); so called from its angular, "broken" letters. The style was commonly used in German printing from c.1540. Sense often transferred to Pennsylvania German arts that incorporate the lettering.

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