Had to adhere to the letter of the law.
Lettered the paper.
Lettered our name on the mailbox.
To letter one's name.
She lettered in three collegiate sports.
To letter a poster.
An example of letter is A.
An example of letter is what a child sends to his pen pal.
An example of letter is to earn an award in college basketball.
The letter of the law.
I wrote a letter to my sister about my life.
Benjamin Franklin was multiskilled - a scientist, politician and a man of letters.
The letter of a room.
- To the last detail; exactly:Followed instructions to the letter.
- just as written or directed; precisely
Other Word Forms
Origin of letter
- Middle English from Old French lettre from Latin littera perhaps from Etruscan from Greek diphtherā hide, leather, writing surface
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).