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.
Recent Examples on the Web Tina Knowles-Lawson has penned an open letter to Congress. Los Angeles Times, "Tina Knowles-Lawson and ‘mothers of the movement’ lead charge against voter suppression," 26 June 2020 In an open letter Thursday, Knowles-Lawson urged Congress to pass the Heroes Act, a bill that would make voting more accessible while funding absentee voting. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Breonna Taylor's mom and Beyoncé's mom get emotional talking Heroes Act, voting reform," 26 June 2020 Last week, Beyoncé wrote an open letter to Cameron, urging him to move swiftly. Washington Post, "Kentucky capitol rally urges action in Breonna Taylor death," 25 June 2020 In an open letter posted Monday, Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day said the company expects to manufacture more than 2 million Remdesivir treatment courses by the end of the year. Laura Garcia,, "Doggett backs bill to prevent price gouging for COVID-19 drugs," 22 June 2020 More than 1,000 of them signed an open letter calling on Mr de Blasio to reform the NYPD and divert $1bn from its budget towards social services. The Economist, "How’s he doin’? New Yorkers turn their backs on Bill de Blasio," 20 June 2020 Yao wrote in an open letter to players and fans posted on the CBA’s website. Fox News, "Basketball restarts in China after coronavirus shutdown," 20 June 2020 Beyoncé penned an open letter to the Kentucky attorney general on Sunday, demanding the three officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor be criminally charged. NBC News, "Beyoncé demands justice for Breonna Taylor in letter to Kentucky AG," 12 June 2020 After WSU Tech announced the first daughter would be speaking, 488 students, faculty and alumni had signed an open letter to administrators calling for her removal from the ceremony. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Ivanka Trump calls out "cancel culture" after her commencement speech is canceled," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of open letter

1898, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2020

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“Open letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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