let·​ter·​ing ˈle-tə-riŋ How to pronounce lettering (audio)
: 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 And the look is also unique, from the lettering of the Whiny Baby logo to the bottle cap as opposed to a cork, and the bottle charm that can also be used as a phone charm. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 8 Sep. 2023 Even the title lettering of the Netflix anthology series echoes the macabre and was inspired by writing manuals from the 1500s. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Images shared on the sheriff’s Facebook page show white lettering and symbols painted on the AR-15 rifle used by the shooter, including what appears to be a swastika. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 27 Aug. 2023 Supporting this educational element, Paint Louis offers Paint Littles between 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM all three days of the festival–September 1 to 3–where artists will be teaching children how to hold spray cans and begin creating lettering and artworks. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 These experts largely agree that effective flags should be simple, use only a few basic colors, avoid lettering and seals and employ meaningful symbolism. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 Lujack was a star athlete at Connellsville High School, lettering in football, basketball and track. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2023 Art directors, bands, and street artists adopted the jagged, torn-from-pages lettering. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2023 Art directors, bands and street artists adopted the jagged, torn-from-pages lettering. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Lettering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettering. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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let·​ter·​ing ˈlet-ə-riŋ How to pronounce lettering (audio)
: letters used in an inscription
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