Letter meaning

lĕtər
Literal meaning.

Had to adhere to the letter of the law.

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A certified document granting rights to its bearer.
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To write letters on.

Lettered the paper.

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To write in letters.

Lettered our name on the mailbox.

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To set down in hand-printed letters.

To letter one's name.

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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.
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An emblem in the shape of the initial of a school awarded for outstanding performance, especially in varsity athletics.
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To earn a school letter, as for outstanding athletic achievement.

She lettered in three collegiate sports.

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A cloth representation of the first letter of the name of a school or college, awarded and worn for superior performance in sports, etc.
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To make hand-printed letters on; mark with letters.

To letter a poster.

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To make hand-printed letters.
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(informal) To earn a school letter as in a sport.
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A written or printed message to a person or group, usually sent by mail in an envelope.
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An official document giving certain authorities or privileges.
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A person who lets, or rents out, property.
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To write or form letters.
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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.

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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.

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A written or printed communication directed to a person or organization.
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The strict interpretation of the literal meaning, or the literal meaning itself; exact wording.

The letter of the law.

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A symbol in an alphabet.

There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet.

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A written or printed communication, generally longer and more formal than a note.

I wrote a letter to my sister about my life.

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(plural) Literature.

Benjamin Franklin was multiskilled - a scientist, politician and a man of letters.

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(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).
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(US, scholastic) Short for varsity letter.
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(printing, dated) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
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To print, inscribe, or paint letters on something.
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(intransitive, US, scholastic) To earn a varsity letter (award).
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One who lets, or lets out.

The letter of a room.

A blood-letter.

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(archaic) One who retards or hinders.
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(Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm.
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to the letter
  • To the last detail; exactly:
    Followed instructions to the letter.
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to the letter
  • just as written or directed; precisely
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
letter
Plural:
letters

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • let +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary