let·​ter·​spac·​ing | \ ˈle-tər-ˌspā-siŋ How to pronounce letterspacing (audio) \
variants: or letter spacing
plural letterspacings or letter spacings

Definition of letterspacing

1 : insertion of space between the letters of a word
2 : the standard distance between adjacent characters (as in composed text) : tracking — compare kerning

Examples of letterspacing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a quick example, the letterspacing is a little weird around the number 1. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, "Art Director Kjell Reigstad on How We Refined Longreads’ Typography and Logo," 25 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'letterspacing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of letterspacing

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about letterspacing

Time Traveler for letterspacing

Time Traveler

The first known use of letterspacing was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Statistics for letterspacing

Cite this Entry

“Letterspacing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterspacing. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

Comments on letterspacing

What made you want to look up letterspacing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!