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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This set was done with OPI's Lavendare To Find Courage shade, and the addition of bright pink lips and black lettering turned into an IRL Burn Book. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Manicures Inspired by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Have Arrived on Instagram," 26 Nov. 2018 One day, DelRosario tagged along, and Carey's particular brand of hand lettering—script and print intertwined, playful symbols scattered throughout, laissez-faire letters with a relaxed lean reminiscent of slow Southern afternoons—jumped out at him. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 Since then, the sign aged without much upkeep, and in recent years its surface was faded and its lettering peeling. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Iconic, mid-century modern Michigan highway sign gets a face-lift," 27 June 2018 Hand lettering and calligraphy is rapidly gaining in popularity, and learning how to properly master calligraphy can take a crafter's skills to new heights. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "8 Gift Ideas for DIY Enthusiasts 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Thanks to @babybluesbbq for the wall and my boy @mensoone for the lettering! Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "There's already an awesome 'King of LA' LeBron James mural in Los Angeles," 6 July 2018 At the bookstore, employees were rushing to stock racks with celebratory T-shirts, black with white-and-gold lettering, for $27.98 each. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘We are on the map.’ Unbeaten UCF stakes claim to football national championship," 7 Jan. 2018 Near the beginning of September, the comedian was spotted with Ariana's last name written in can't-miss lettering on his ribs. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Matching Tattoos: A Complete Guide," 15 Oct. 2018 White lettering on the shirt reads Official, Number 10 and Athletics, police said. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Three cousins missing from Northwest Side," 6 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of lettering

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

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