- To the last detail; exactly:
followed instructions to the letter.
- just as written or directed; precisely
Other Word Forms of Letter
Origin of Letter
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”).
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
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