form letter


: a letter on a subject of frequent recurrence that can be sent to different people without essential change except in the address
: a letter for mass circulation that is printed in many copies and has a very general salutation (such as Dear Friend)

Example Sentences

The bank sent out thousands of form letters offering its credit card.
Recent Examples on the Web The form letter was sent to 2.7 million Ohioans who applied for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits at any time since March 2020, according to Teets. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 In response to a Monday email from the Union-Tribune requesting details about the 2022 festival, KAABOO’s press office — which did not provide a phone number — answered with a brief form letter. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021 Despite the situation, the Northeast Neighborhood Association of Elgin has launched a #SaveDCCook campaign on social media and is urging residents to send city council members a form letter emphasizing the building’s historic importance to the city. Gloria Casas,, 8 July 2021 Somewhere in my attic is a form letter that The Post Magazine was sending out that summer to would-be contributors. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Thus, McHale basically created a form letter for Hollywood's politically engaged to copy and paste into Twitter. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 7 May 2021 The form letter seemed to be saying that the rest of her money was on its way. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 Those who make racial profiling complaints, however, will receive only a form letter noting that their complaint was upheld or rejected. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2020 Cruz responded with a form letter, directing her to call the consulate in Rio. Cindy Carcamo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of form letter was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Form letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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