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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Pubs near the castle, where the wedding will take place inside St. George's Chapel, have had to paint over and scrub off the big black lettering, the Mail reports. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Someone is spraying FORK around the royal wedding site. 'The Queen will blow a gasket' | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 The manual hatch comes standard with Chevrolet’s Cruze RS package which adds rear spoiler, body kit, RS lettering, fog lamps, a Watts link to help the rear torsion-beam axle and low-profile P225/40R18 all-season tires on aluminum wheels. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 And waiting beneath one of the shelters were seven movable signs, black with silver lettering. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 The black bikes, branded Ford GoBike Plus in bright green lettering, join the blue Ford GoBikes that are entirely people powered and docked at stations. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "E-bikes: SF’s latest alternative transportation device," 24 Apr. 2018 The pulsing New York Post-type headlines, ransom-note-like lettering, and eye-popping color combinations are mostly gone, with the exception of Pick 2 (Study), a bold composition of primary colors and black. Edith Newhall, Philly.com, "In Philly galleries now: Jane Irish, Anthony Campuzano, more must-see art," 19 Apr. 2018 One more thing Part of the Nike Vapor uniform system, the jersey is navy blue with chrome lettering and striping down the sides. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons mailbag: Jazz swingman Rodney Hood available for right price?," 5 Jan. 2018 The council has selected a design with a blue backdrop and write lettering for the signs. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown," 9 July 2018 How long Nikolich spends on each piece depends on the intricacy of the design or lettering. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Meet the Philly artist who yarn bombing around the city to attract Taylor Swift's attention," 10 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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