- The definition of a letter is a symbol representing a speech sound or a written message.
- An example of letter is A.
- An example of letter is what a child sends to his pen pal.
- Letter is defined as to earn a recognition in an activity, especially a sport.
An example of letter is to earn an award in college basketball.
A person places a letter in an envelope.
- a written or printed symbol employed to represent a speech sound or sounds; character in an alphabet: in some languages, as English, some words contain letters that are no longer sounded
- a written or printed message to a person or group, usually sent by mail in an envelope
- an official document giving certain authorities or privileges: usually used in pl.
- literature generally
- learning; knowledge, esp. of literature
- strict interpretation of the literal meaning, or the literal meaning itself; exact wording
- ☆ a cloth representation of the first letter of the name of a school or college, awarded and worn for superior performance in sports, etc.
- a type, impression, or photographic reproduction of a character of the alphabet
- a particular style of type
Origin of letterMiddle English lettre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin littera, letter of the alphabet, (in plural ) a letter, epistle
- to make hand-printed letters on; mark with letters: to letter a poster
- to set down in hand-printed letters: to letter one's name
- to make hand-printed letters
- ☆ Informal to earn a school letter as in a sport
to the letter
- a. A written symbol or character representing a speech sound and being a component of an alphabet.b. A written symbol or character used in the graphemic representation of a word, such as the h in Thames. See Note at Thames.
- A written or printed communication directed to a person or organization.
- often letters A certified document granting rights to its bearer.
- Literal meaning: had to adhere to the letter of the law.
- letters (used with a sing. verb)a. Literary culture; belles-lettres.b. Learning or knowledge, especially of literature.c. Literature or writing as a profession.
- Printing a. A piece of type that prints a single character.b. A specific style of type.c. The characters in one style of type.
- An emblem in the shape of the initial of a school awarded for outstanding performance, especially in varsity athletics.
verblet·tered, let·ter·ing, let·ters
- To write letters on: lettered the paper.
- To write in letters: lettered our name on the mailbox.
- To write or form letters.
- To earn a school letter, as for outstanding athletic achievement: She lettered in three collegiate sports.
Origin of letterMiddle English, from Old French lettre, from Latin littera, perhaps from Etruscan, from Greek diphtherā, hide, leather, writing surface.
- A symbol in an alphabet.
- There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet.
- A written or printed communication, generally longer and more formal than a note.
- I wrote a letter to my sister about my life.
- Literal meaning.
- (plural) Literature.
- Benjamin Franklin was multiskilled - a scientist, politician and a man of letters.
- (US, uncountable) A size of paper, 8½ in × 11 in (215.9 mm × 279.4 mm, US paper sizes rounded to the nearest 5 mm).
- (Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm.
- (US, scholastic) Short for varsity letter.
- (printing, dated) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
(third-person singular simple present letters, present participle lettering, simple past and past participle lettered)
- to print, inscribe, or paint letters on something.
- (intransitive, US, scholastic) To earn a varsity letter (award).
Middle English letter, lettre, from Old French letre, from Latin littera (“letter of the alphabet"; in plural, "epistle”), from Etruscan, from Ancient Greek διφθέρα (diphtherā). Displaced native Middle English bocstaf, bookstave (“letter, alphabetic symbol”) (from Old English bōcstæf (“alphabetic symbol, written character”)), Middle English bocrune, bocroune (“letter, written character”) (from Old English bōc (“book”) + rūn (“letter, rune”)), Middle English writrune, writroune (“letter, document”) (from Old English writ (“letter, epistle”) + rūn (“letter, rune”)), Old English ǣrendbōc (“letter, message”), Old English ǣrendġewrit (“letter, written message”).
- One who lets, or lets out.
- the letter of a room
- a blood-letter
- (archaic) One who retards or hinders.