open letter


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

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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Amid the national uproar over immigrant arrests and detentions, nearly 2,000 students, faculty and alumni have signed an open letter demanding the contract be spiked immediately. Fox News, "Protesters targeting Northeastern over $2.7M ICE contract," 11 July 2018 In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Seigner, Polanski’s wife, refuses film academy invitation," 9 July 2018 In an extensive open letter Xia apologised for a lack of communication to supporters after a turbulent number of weeks saw both the chief executive Keith Wyness and director of football Steve Round leave the club., "Aston Villa Owner Releases Lengthy Open Letter to Fans to 'Clarify' Financial Difficulties," 7 July 2018 The magazine’s decision to keep Díaz on staff—defended in an open letter written by the editors-in-chief—prompted three of its poetry editors to resign in protest. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Junot Díaz Says He Regrets Statement Apologizing for Sexual Misconduct, Denies Allegations," 3 July 2018 As a direct result of his comment, male and female executives in the Recording Academy, as well as prominent female musicians, wrote numerous open letters that called for his resignation. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Grammys Are Expanding Major Categories From 5 to 8 Nominees," 27 June 2018 His column about De Niro came in the form of an open letter, because Bruni is apparently an 8th grader. Drew Magary, GQ, "This Is Why Trump Won," 14 June 2018 An open letter from CEO Nadella posted to Microsoft’s website moved to qualm potential fears while acknowledging mistakes in the distant past. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft buys GitHub for $7.5 billion, promises to keep it independent and open," 4 June 2018 In an internal open letter to CEO Satya Nadella, more than 100 Microsoft employees protested the company’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Tech CEOs take on Trump; AT&T plans more ad and media acquisitions," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of open letter

1898, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of open letter

: 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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