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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 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

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

let·ter·er 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




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