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letter

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noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of letter

  1. 1 :  a symbol usually written or printed representing a speech sound and constituting a unit of an alphabet

  2. 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. 3 plural but sing or plural in constr a :  literature, belles lettres b :  learning

  4. 4 :  the strict or outward sense or significance <the letter of the law>

  5. 5 a :  a single piece of type b :  a style of type

  6. 6 :  the initial of a school awarded to a student for achievement usually in athletics



Origin and Etymology of letter

Middle English, from Anglo-French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet, litterae, plural, epistle, literature


First Known Use: 13th century

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letter

verb let·ter

Simple Definition of letter

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of letter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set down in letters :  print

  3. 2 :  to mark with letters

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to win an athletic letter

letterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

1668

First Known Use of letter

1668


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letter

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noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of letter

  1. :  one that rents or leases



1552

First Known Use of letter

1552



LETTER Defined for Kids

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letter

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noun let·ter \ˈle-tər\

Definition of letter for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the marks that are symbols for speech sounds in writing or print and that make up the alphabet

  2. 2 :  a written or printed communication (as one sent through the mail)

  3. 3 letters plural :  literature 2

  4. 4 :  the strict or outward meaning <the letter of the law>

  5. 5 :  the initial of a school awarded to a student usually for athletic achievement




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letter

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verb let·ter

Definition of letter for Students

lettered

lettering

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




Law Dictionary

letter

noun let·ter

Legal Definition of letter

  1. 1 :  a direct written statement addressed to an individual or organization; broadly :  an official communication — see also counterletter Crummey letter\ˈkrə-mē\ :  a letter from the trustee of a Crummey trust notifying the beneficiary of his or her right to withdraw funds for a given timedetermination letter :  a letter from an administrative agency (as the Internal Revenue Service) usually in response to a request in which a determination, decision, or ruling is made information letter :  a letter from an administrative agency usually in response to a request that provides information and especially that simply calls attention to an interpretation or principle of law letter of intent :  a letter in which the intention to enter into a formal agreement (as a contract) or to take some specified action is stated letter rogatory \-ˈrō-gə-ˌtȯr-ē\ probably partial translation of Medieval Latin littera rogatoria letter of request :  a formal written request by a court to a court in a foreign jurisdiction to summon and examine a witness in accordance with that jurisdiction's procedures (as oral interrogatories) —usually used in plural 90–day letter :  a letter from the Internal Revenue Service notifying a taxpayer of a determination of a deficiency Editor's note: A taxpayer has 90 days from the date of the mailing of the 90-day letter to petition for a redetermination of the deficiency in the U.S. Tax Court. no–action letter :  a letter from an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission recommending that the Commission take no prosecutorial action with regard to a suspected and investigated violation of SEC rules or regulations opinion letter :  a letter in which an opinion (as of a court or attorney) is given ruling letter :  determination letter in this entry 30–day letter :  a letter from the Internal Revenue Service to a taxpayer who has been audited and disputes the auditor's determination that sets out the taxpayer's right to appeal Editor's note: A taxpayer has 30 days from the time of the mailing of the 30-day letter to respond.

  2. 2 :  a written communication usually from a court containing a grant (as of a right) or an appointment —usually used in plural letter of attorney :  power of attorney letter of marque \-ˈmärk\ Anglo-French mark, marque right of retaliation, from Middle French marque, from Old Provençal marca, from marcar to mark, seize as pledge :  a letter from a government formerly used to grant a private person the power to seize the subjects of a foreign state; specifically :  authority granted to a private person to fit out an armed ship to plunder the enemy —usually used in plural —often used in the phrase letters of marque and reprisal <the Congress shall have power…to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water — U.S. Constitution art. I> letters of administration :  a letter from a probate court that appoints the addressee administrator of an estate letters patent :  a letter (as from a government) that grants a designated person a right (as to property) and that is in a form open for public inspection :  patent letters testamentary :  a letter from a probate court that appoints or confirms the executor of an estate

  3. 3 :  letter of credit





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