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noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of LETTER

1
:  a symbol usually written or printed representing a speech sound and constituting a unit of an alphabet
2
a :  a direct or personal written or printed message addressed to a person or organization
b :  a written communication containing a grant —usually used in plural
3
plural but sing or plural in constr
a :  literature, belles lettres
b :  learning
4
:  the strict or outward sense or significance <the letter of the law>
5
a :  a single piece of type
b :  a style of type
6
:  the initial of a school awarded to a student for achievement usually in athletics

Origin of LETTER

Middle English, from Anglo-French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet, litterae, plural, epistle, literature
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

2letter

verb

: to write or print letters on (something) : to mark (something) with letters

: to earn a school letter for playing on a sports team

Full Definition of LETTER

transitive verb
1
:  to set down in letters :  print
2
:  to mark with letters
intransitive verb
:  to win an athletic letter
let·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

First Known Use of LETTER

1668

Rhymes with LETTER

3letter

noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of LETTER

:  one that rents or leases

First Known Use of LETTER

1552
LETTER Defined for Kids

1letter

noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of LETTER for Kids

1
:  one of the marks that are symbols for speech sounds in writing or print and that make up the alphabet
2
:  a written or printed communication (as one sent through the mail)
3
letters plural :  literature 2
4
:  the strict or outward meaning <the letter of the law>
5
:  the initial of a school awarded to a student usually for athletic achievement

2letter

verb
let·teredlet·ter·ing

Definition of LETTER for Kids

:  to mark with symbols for speech sounds <… I carefully lettered H-E-L-P on the sand … — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>
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