let·​ter·​ing | \ ˈle-tə-riŋ How to pronounce lettering (audio) \

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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An Arabic phrase, repeated in both faint and bold lettering, hovers around her like a swarm of moths. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe," 17 May 2018 The shoes were painted red, white and blue and included lettering for first responder units. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Wearing 9/11-inspired cleats, Mets get emotional win on anniversary of September 11 attacks," 12 Sep. 2019 The six foil glitters and six vibrant mattes comes encased in heavy packaging complete with the image of a multicolor aurora and embossed silver lettering on the front. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Dominique Cosmetics' New Celestial Storm Eye Shadow Palette Is Everything I Need for Fall and More," 4 Sep. 2019 The uniforms feature brown jerseys with orange lettering and numbers and striping and brown pants with orange stripes down the side. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns Color Rush uniforms will become primary uniforms for 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 The packaging uses the same lettering font and is red and white. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Sam's Club knocks off Chick-fil-A with its Member's Mark frozen sandwich and waffle fries," 19 Aug. 2019 The grant includes lettering for the outside of the van, Doyle said. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mobile clinic to reach underserved areas of Carroll County," 13 July 2019 As fans pointed out, the color scheme and lettering look a lot like Bey’s Coachella merch from 2018, and the April 17th release date would mark almost exactly a year since Beyoncé’s legendary performance at the popular music festival. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Fans Think Netflix Is Releasing a Beyoncé Special," 7 Apr. 2019 That would involve elevating the presence of the One Central Park West address, which currently appears in much smaller lettering than the Trump name elsewhere on the property. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lettering

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce lettering (audio) \

Kids Definition of lettering

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

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