Definitions for frakturfrɑkˈtur
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
German black-letter text type.
(often l.c.) a stylized, highly decorative watercolor or calligraphic technique in the Pennsylvania-German tradition.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of Fraktur:
1900–05, Amer.; < G < L frāctūra action of breaking (in reference to the curlicues that broke up the continuous line of a word). See fracture
A style of black letter type, used especially in Germany in the 16th to 20th centuries.
A Pennsylvania German document style, incorporating watercolour illustration and fraktur lettering.
Origin: 1886 fractur, 1904 fraktur, from Fraktur, from fractura < frangere, past participle fractus. Compare fracture, fraction.
Fraktur is a calligraphic hand of the Latin alphabet and any of several blackletter typefaces derived from this hand. The blackletter lines are broken up – that is, their forms contain many angles when compared to the smooth curves of the Antiqua typefaces modeled after antique Roman square capitals and Carolingian minuscule. From this, Fraktur is sometimes contrasted with the "Latin alphabet" in northern European texts, being sometimes called the "German alphabet", despite simply being a typeface of the Latin alphabet. Similarly, the term "Fraktur" or "Gothic" is sometimes applied to all of the blackletter typefaces. Here is the entire alphabet in Fraktur, using the TeX \mathfrak font: The word derives from the past participle fractus of Latin frangere; the same root as the English word 'fracture'.
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