open letter

noun
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of open letter

: a published letter of protest or appeal usually addressed to an individual but intended for the general public

Examples of open letter in a Sentence

  1. In an open letter to the company, a citizens' group implored company executives to reconsider their decision to close the factory.

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First Known Use of open letter

1898

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Definition of open letter for English Language Learners

  • : a letter that is published in a newspaper but that is addressed to a well-known person or to an organization


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