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

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That would involve elevating the presence of the One Central Park West address, which currently appears in much smaller lettering than the Trump name elsewhere on the property. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019 Even a glimpse at one of SVH’s 181 covers — with their varsity-style lettering and gorgeous, soft-focus illustrations by James L. Mathewuse — prompts a rush of nostalgia endorphins. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Sweet Valley High," 16 Aug. 2019 The pickup had black or blue lettering and a foot-wide brown strip along both sides. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado cold cases: 14-year-old Idaho Springs girl vanished on Aug. 16, in 1983," 16 Aug. 2019 Further, the presence of lettering and a seal breaks two of the five key flag design rules posited by the North American Vexillological Association. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Last month, we asked readers what Seattle’s city flag should look like. Here’s what you came up with.," 7 July 2019 To celebrate Independence Day, Hardy wore a white jersey with USA in blue lettering. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chase Rice, Courtney Barnett and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 8," 4 July 2019 The recall involves Grained Salmon Caviar packed in 95-gram metal tins with Cyrillic lettering. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Salmon caviar recalled due to botulism fears," 16 Aug. 2019 The Carmel Board of Public Works voted last week to pay $64,125 to change the lettering on the north side of the totem poll to avoid confusion. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel will pay to add its name to Westfield's welcome sign," 13 Aug. 2019 Randy Moss similarly wore a tie at last year's Hall of Fame ceremony that featured the names of 12 slain Black people inscripted in gold lettering. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Ed Reed's Shirt Honoring Slain Black Victims Is Highlight of Hall of Fame Game," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 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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