letterboxed

adjective
let·​ter·​boxed | \ ˈle-tər-ˌbäkst How to pronounce letterboxed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly letterbox \ ˈle-​tər-​ˌbäks How to pronounce letterbox (audio) \

Definition of letterboxed

of a video recording
: formatted so as to display the full rectangular frame of a wide-screen motion picture

Other Words from letterboxed

letterboxing \ ˈle-​tər-​ˌbäk-​siŋ How to pronounce letterboxing (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of letterboxed

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for letterboxed

perhaps from the resemblance of the picture on the TV screen or the bands above and below the picture to slots in a mailbox

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about letterboxed

Time Traveler for letterboxed

Time Traveler

The first known use of letterboxed was in 1982

See more words from the same year

Statistics for letterboxed

Cite this Entry

“Letterboxed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterboxed. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

Comments on letterboxed

What made you want to look up letterboxed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!