fan letter


Definition of fan letter

: a letter sent to a public figure by an admirer

Examples of fan letter in a Sentence

She sent a fan letter to her favorite star.

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In the late 1940s, Nathan Blumenthal sent Rand a series of fan letters, proving his dedication to her work by functionally memorizing the 750-page novel The Fountainhead, then her most popular title. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 Those death threats that used to litter his mailbox became fan letters seeking autographs. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 50 years ago, the 1969 Mets helped heal a nation in turmoil," 15 June 2019 Years before, Daddy had uncharacteristically sent Fannie Flagg a fan letter. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "Fannie Flagg for Father’s Day," 13 June 2019 Photo: Federal Communications Commission The FCC also got the fan letter from a Patrick Corbett of New York. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The NFL’s Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout," 7 Sep. 2018 The show was immediately popular; at one point, Mr. Sarkisian was receiving 8,000 fan letters a month, each of which was answered by him or his wife. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Leo Sarkisian, who brought African music to listeners around the world, dies at 97," 30 June 2018 Later, when presented with cover letters bearing Mr. Swann’s signature, his executive assistant, Monica Morita, said Mr. Swann authorized them to accompany the fan letters. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The NFL’s Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout," 7 Sep. 2018 That's when the time capsule's contents — including fan letters, a cassette recording of the Market Square Arena concert, a book of Elvis tour photos and a catalog promoting Graceland — is scheduled to be opened. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "You can now find Elvis Presley final-concert plaque amid shiny new spots on Market Street," 26 June 2018 This is no mere fan letter; no mere exercise in soft-core intellectual erotica constructed for your amusement. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of fan letter

1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fan letter

: a letter sent to a famous person by a fan

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