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great primer

noun, Printing.
an 18-point type of a size larger than Columbian, formerly used for Bibles.
Origin of great primer
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was not until 1757 that he published his first work, a Virgil in royal quarto, with great-primer letters.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • I saw all this as plainly as if it had all been printed in great-primer type, instead of working itself out in her features.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for great-primer

great primer

(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 18 point
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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