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.
Recent Examples on the Web The open letter points out that the Fringe uses a lottery system to determine what performances are offered, so there’s no guarantee a show with adult content will even be part of the festival. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 11 July 2024 Amid that chaos – multiple meetings, discussions on the House floor, open letters circulating behind closed doors – Davids, who is also a frontliner, has chosen to remain silent. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 11 July 2024 One of the former staffers who signed the open letter, Lily Greenberg Call, cited her Jewish upbringing and ties to Israel in her own resignation letter in May. Anika Arora Seth, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 The letter also points out a similarity in language used in both a reply brief filed by lawyers for the archdiocese in October 2023 and the open letter by CJCC published in The New York Times a month later. Ellen Moynihan, New York Daily News, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for open letter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open letter was in 1898

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“Open letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

open letter

: a letter (as one addressed to an official) for the public to see and printed in a newspaper or magazine

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