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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The legislation also was opposed by the Writers Guild of America, which represents TV and film writers, and several Hollywood celebrities, who signed an open letter to Kemp in opposition. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban heads to Georgia governor’s desk," 31 Mar. 2019 More than 600 Googlers have now publicly signed an open letter opposing Google’s Dragonfly project, a search engine that would make controversial concessions to China’s internet censorship regime. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 Now, a group of Argento's Hollywood peers — many of whom have shared their own #MeToo stories — have signed an open letter in The Los Angeles Times on Argento's behalf., "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 Just this week, the music industry made a big push to convince European law makers, with the likes of Paul McCartney and James Blunt signing an open letter to EU parliamentarians asking them to vote in favor of the new law. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Parliament Rejects Controversial Copyright Law," 5 July 2018 The Main Street Alliance, for example, endorsed legislation to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules, and more than 6,000 small businesses signed an open letter in support as well. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Big Tech's Fight for Net Neutrality Moves Behind the Scenes," 27 May 2018 Over 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives signed an impassioned open letter that officially announced the movement on New Year’s Day. Mike Miller,, "Jessica Chastain Responds After Thandie Newton Says Time's Up Left Her Out: 'No One Is Unwelcome'," 24 Apr. 2018 Paul Singer’s $35 billion New York hedge fund published an open letter Wednesday to fellow shareholders in car-parts maker Hyundai Mobis, effectively setting up a proxy fight at next month’s annual general meeting. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Elliott’s Slow-Burn Proxy War With Hyundai," 27 Feb. 2019 The point echoed concerns from human rights groups, who sent an open letter to Pichai about Dragonfly yesterday. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "What Google’s CEO told Congress about China — and what he didn’t," 12 Dec. 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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