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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In an open letter posted on her personal site and in the South African newspaper Sowetan, Beyoncé outlined how Mandela’s influence has shaped her life. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Turned the Global Citizen Festival Into a Stunning Fashion Celebration of Mandela’s Legacy," 3 Dec. 2018 An open letter, published on Medium today, says Dragonfly would make Google complicit in human rights abuses by the Chinese government. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google employees push to cancel Chinese search engine in new letter," 27 Nov. 2018 In an open letter posted to Facebook by the group Disability Rights Washington after Seattle’s decision to ban restaurants from giving out plastic straws and utensils unless requested, the organization touted the importance of plastic. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Starbucks' straw ban questioned by disability rights groups," 16 July 2018 The cast recently shared an open letter on social media expressing their support for Gunn. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Kurt Russell responds to James Gunn firing, thinks people are getting 'too sensitive' with the 'wrong people'," 6 Aug. 2018 After the Vogue interview, ThirdLove took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, writing an open letter to Victoria's Secret, responding not only to Razek's comments about curvy and trans models, but also to his apparent jab at the brand. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Body-Positive Influencers Respond to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show With Their Own Lingerie Photos," 3 Dec. 2018 Lauren Hallden, a 34-year-old tech designer who lives in Port Richmond, last fall wrote an open letter about endless lingerie ads on Instagram that’s since been read more than 200,000 times. Anna Orso,, "Can an online quiz deliver the perfect bra? These Instagram-famous companies think so," 12 June 2018 Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who supported him in 2015, wrote him an open letter in January urging him not to seek re-election and accused him of nepotism and incompetence in managing the economy., "Buhari Grapples With Widening Crises as Nigerian Vote Looms," 5 Mar. 2018 Assessment: The week after Trump's election victory, Rometty released an open letter to the president-elect with ideas for achieving his goals for government reform, tax reform, healthcare, and the workforce. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How the Top Tech CEOs Really Feel About Trump," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of open letter

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of open letter was in 1898

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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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