let·ter·ing | \ ˈle-tə-riŋ \

Definition of lettering 

: letters used in an inscription

Examples of lettering in a Sentence

I couldn't read the sign's lettering. a sign with gold lettering

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The council has selected a design with a blue backdrop and write lettering for the signs. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown," 9 July 2018 How long Nikolich spends on each piece depends on the intricacy of the design or lettering. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Meet the Philly artist who yarn bombing around the city to attract Taylor Swift's attention," 10 July 2018 Mom rolled her eyes at each one until my sister pulled out a black baseball hat with blue lettering. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "Braving the Queue, for Mom and Roger Federer," 6 July 2018 Multiple ready-to-wear pieces and accessories shown on the runway were plastered with the signature Chateau Marmont Pan logos and lettering from the legendary Los Angeles hotel. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Gucci Chose a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Its 2019 Cruise Collection Show," 31 May 2018 Don't worry, the beer koozies covered in TCU lettering were here before and are likely to remain, even if the beer doesn't. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "'Liquid energy': Beer served at TCU baseball game for first time ever | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 Then a prototype of a home jersey with brown pinstripes with brown and orange lettering and trim. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 Church leaders wore green T-shirts with gold lettering —the colors of Santa Fe High School. chicagotribune.com, "Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'," 20 May 2018 Police responded and searched the area for a man wearing khaki shorts and a blue t-shirt with yellow lettering. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Authorities seek suspect in sexual assault at McCarty Park in West Allis," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of lettering

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2018

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The first known use of lettering was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lettering

: letters written or printed on something


let·ter·ing | \ ˈle-tə-riŋ \

Kids Definition of lettering

: symbols for speech sounds written on something The sign has fancy lettering.

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