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 The Kennedy administration chose the current color scheme of robin's egg blue and white, with United States of America written along the plane's body in lettering that's said to mirror that of the Declaration of Independence. Sara Cook, Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 10 June 2022 The red border and white lettering provide a colorful contrast. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 2 June 2022 His foray into art began with a commercial lettering course at the Connecticut League of Art Students, where his teacher, the painter Charles Noel Flagg, recognized his talent and encouraged him to pursue painting. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 Officials described the suspect as a Black man with dreadlocks, wearing a blue shirt with white lettering. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 1 June 2022 His speech bubbles in the comic are black with white lettering, and the words spoken in those bubbles are a big part of what gives The Sandman its literary flavor. Christian Holub, EW.com, 12 May 2022 In a post shared late Saturday, Jussie’s sister and Lovecraft Country star Jurnee Smollett shared an image of a black square featuring only the hashtag #FreeJussie in white lettering. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 When Maryland’s Old Westminster Winery debuted nine years ago, the bottles featured traditional labels with gold-leaf lettering and capsules over the corks. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 This has always been the case, which is why the Board of Supervisors in 2012 required metal plaques with larger lettering than what existed before. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lettering

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Lettering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettering. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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