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
Recent Examples on the Web Visitors enter past white columns adorned with baroque reliefs, leading into a double-height atrium that glows in the neon lettering of artist Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon. Janelle Zara, ELLE Decor, "How One Designer Lovingly Preserved a 1920s L.A. Mansion," 17 Feb. 2021 The differences are slight, with neon green outlines replacing the normal white lettering. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Jamie Benn (lower body) misses Saturday’s practice, listed day-to-day as Stars keep quiet on further details," 23 Jan. 2021 The lettering in Baldessari’s question about Picasso is neatly stamp-printed rather than written out by hand in cursive script. Los Angeles Times, "What would Baldessari do? A good question for the end of a terrible year," 7 Dec. 2020 The lettering is tiny, just another window of user agreements that people zip through. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google Pay: What opting into personalized offers can really mean for your privacy and finances," 20 Nov. 2020 The white banner with black lettering was hung between two poles at a busy city intersection but was taken down soon after city officials became aware of it, with a complaint filed to police, KPIX-TV of the Bay Area reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "California city removes ‘racist’ ‘White Lives Matter’ banner, declares it ‘despicable act of vandalism’," 17 Jan. 2021 The white banner with black lettering was hoisted above a city intersection. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "California city officials pull down 'White Lives Matter' sign, say they were 'disgusted by this despicable act of vandalism'," 17 Jan. 2021 When the Clippers asked Los Angeles artist Mister Cartoon to collaborate on the design of the team’s City Edition uniform two years ago, one of the first mock-ups made by the artist was a black jersey with white lettering and numbers. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers release new City Edition uniform by Mister Cartoon," 1 Dec. 2020 Anchor Porter’s rebranded look feels the closest to its previous incarnation, with familiar-feeling cursive lettering across the bottle’s round label. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "On eve of 125th birthday, S.F.'s Anchor Brewing is changing its vintage beer labels," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Lettering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettering. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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