chain letter

noun

Definition of chain letter 

: a letter sent to several persons with a request that each send copies of the letter to an equal number of persons

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Joanie4Jackie grew and changed with July—there were a few iterations of chain letters, the later ones curated by other feminist filmmakers, as well as events around the country with contributors, and even an internship program. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 The messages are essentially the next generation of chain letters, purporting to provide important information – and dire consequences if not shared by the recipient. Abby Ohlheiser, The Seattle Times, "Beware the viral Facebook hoax that’s tricking people into thinking their account was hacked," 8 Oct. 2018 In an open letter, the organizations, which have worked with Facebook to flag dangerous and misleading content, including the chain letters, said the messages had spread for days, caused widespread fear and set off at least three violent incidents. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Groups in Myanmar Fire Back at Zuckerberg," 5 Apr. 2018 The disagreement centers on a chain letter that spread on Facebook Messenger in Myanmar in September. Kevin Roose And Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Zuckerberg Was Called Out Over Myanmar Violence. Here’s His Apology.," 9 Apr. 2018 In a conversation with Vox’s Ezra Klein this week, Mr. Zuckerberg referred to a pair of chain letters that spread around Myanmar on Facebook Messenger last year. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Groups in Myanmar Fire Back at Zuckerberg," 5 Apr. 2018 USA TODAY Remember those chain letters of the past? Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "7 reasons to avoid the 'Secret Sister Gift Exchange' scam," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of chain letter

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chain letter was in 1905

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chain letter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chain letter

: a letter that is sent to a certain number of people and that asks each of those people to send a copy of the letter to the same number of people

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