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Letter Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Letter?

[n] a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
[n] an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports"
[n]
[n] a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law"
[n] owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
[v] mark letters on or mark with letters
[v] set down or print with letters
[v] win an athletic letter, in sports

Synonyms | Synonyms for Letter: alphabetic character | letter of the alphabet | missive | varsity letter

Related Terms | Find terms related to Letter: accurately | acknowledgment | advice | airmail | alphabet | alphabetize | answer | art | article | ascender | autograph | back | bastard type | beard | belles-lettres | belly | bevel | billet | black letter | blueprint | body | book post | brainchild | business letter | cap | capital | capitalize | case | character | charactering | characterization | chart | chit | choreography | communication | communique | composition | computer printout | conventional representation | copy | correspondence | counter | culture | dance notation | delineation | demonstration | depiction | depictment | descender | diagram | direct mail | direct-mail selling | dispatch | document | draft | drama | drawing | edited version | em | embassy | en | engrossment | epistle | erudition | essay | exactly | exemplification | express | face | fair copy | fat-faced type | favor | feet | fiction | figuration | final draft | finished version | first draft | flimsy | font | fourth-class mail | frank | groove | halfpenny post | hieroglyphic | holograph | iconography | ideogram | illustration | imagery | imaging | initial | inscribe | italic | junk mail | learning | letter post | letters | ligature | limning | line | literae scriptae | literally | literary artefact | literary production | literatim | literature | logogram | logograph | logotype | lower case | lucubration | mail | mailing list | mail-order selling | majuscule | manuscript | map | mark | matter | memorandum | message | minuscule | missive | musical notation | newspaper post | nick | nonfiction | notation | note | opus | original | paper | parcel post | parchment | penscript | pi | pica | pictogram | picturization | piece | piece of writing | plan | play | pneumatogram | poem | point | portraiture | portrayal | post | post day | PP | precisely | prefigurement | presentment | print | printed matter | printing | printout | production | projection | RD | reading matter | realization | recension | registered mail | release | rendering | rendition | reply | report | representation | rescript | RFD | roman | rural delivery | rural free delivery | sans serif | schema | scholarship | score | screed | scrip | script | scrive | scroll | sea mail | seapost | second draft | shank | shoulder | sic | sign | small cap | small capital | special delivery | special handling | spell out | stamp | stem | strictly | surface mail | syllabary | symbol | tablature | telegram | the written word | thus | to the letter | transcribe | transcript | transcription | transliterate | type | type body | type class | type lice | typecase | typeface | typefounders | typefoundry | typescript | upper case | verbatim | version | word | word for word | work | write | writing

See Also | A | accolade | address | aerogram | aerogramme | air letter | airmail letter | alpha | alphabet | ascender | award | B | beta | business letter | C | chain letter | character | correspondence | cover letter | covering letter | crank letter | D | dead letter | delta | descender | destination | digraph | document | E | earn | encyclical | encyclical letter | epistle | epsilon | eta | F | form letter | G | gamma | garner | grapheme | graphic symbol | H | honor | honour | I | impress | initial | invitation | iota | J | K | kappa | L | lambda | laurels | letter of intent | literal interpretation | M | mail | mu | N | name and address | nu | O | omicron | open letter | owner | P | pastoral | personal letter | pi | postscript | print | proprietor | PS | Q | R | rho | round robin | S | sigma | spelling | T | tau | text | textual matter | theta | U | V | W | write | X | xi | Y | Z | zed | zee | zeta

Letter In Webster's Dictionary

\Let"ter\ (l[e^]t"t[~e]r), n. [From {Let} to permit.] One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.
\Let"ter\, n. [From {Let} to hinder.] One who retards or hinders. [Archaic.]
\Let"ter\, n. [OE. lettre, F. lettre, OF. letre, fr. L. littera, litera, a letter; pl., an epistle, a writing, literature, fr. linere, litum, to besmear, to spread or rub over; because one of the earliest modes of writing was by graving the characters upon tablets smeared over or covered with wax. --Pliny, xiii. 11. See {Liniment}, and cf. {Literal}.] 1. A mark or character used as the representative of a sound, or of an articulation of the human organs of speech; a first element of written language. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew. --Luke xxiii. 38. 2. A written or printed communication; a message expressed in intelligible characters on something adapted to conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle. The style of letters ought to be free, easy, and natural. --Walsh. 3. A writing; an inscription. [Obs.] None could expound what this letter meant. --Chaucer. 4. Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact signification or requirement. We must observe the letter of the law, without doing violence to the reason of the law and the intention of the lawgiver. --Jer. Taylor. I broke the letter of it to keep the sense. --Tennyson. 5. (Print.) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type. Under these buildings . . . was the king's printing house, and that famous letter so much esteemed. --Evelyn. 6. pl. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters. 7. pl. A letter; an epistle. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {Dead letter}, {Drop letter}, etc. See under {Dead}, {Drop}, etc. {Letter book}, a book in which copies of letters are kept. {Letter box}, a box for the reception of letters to be mailed or delivered. {Letter carrier}, a person who carries letters; a postman; specif., an officer of the post office who carries letters to the persons to whom they are addressed, and collects letters to be mailed. {Letter cutter}, one who engraves letters or letter punches. {Letter lock}, a lock that can not be opened when fastened, unless certain movable lettered rings or disks forming a part of it are in such a position (indicated by a particular combination of the letters) as to permit the bolt to be withdrawn. A strange lock that opens with AMEN. --Beau. & Fl. {Letter paper}, paper for writing letters on; especially, a size of paper intermediate between note paper and foolscap. See {Paper}. {Letter punch}, a steel punch with a letter engraved on the end, used in making the matrices for type. {Letters of administration} (Law), the instrument by which an administrator or administratrix is authorized to administer the goods and estate of a deceased person. {Letter of attorney}, {Letter of credit}, etc. See under {Attorney}, {Credit}, etc. {Letter of license}, a paper by which creditors extend a debtor's time for paying his debts. {Letters close or clause} (Eng. Law.), letters or writs directed to particular persons for particular purposes, and hence closed or sealed on the outside; -- distinguished from letters patent. --Burrill. {Letters of orders} (Eccl.), a document duly signed and sealed, by which a bishop makes it known that he has regularly ordained a certain person as priest, deacon, etc. {Letters patent}, {overt}, or {open} (Eng. Law), a writing executed and sealed, by which power and authority are granted to a person to do some act, or enjoy some right; as, letters patent under the seal of England. {Letter-sheet envelope}, a stamped sheet of letter paper issued by the government, prepared to be folded and sealed for transmission by mail without an envelope. {Letters testamentary} (Law), an instrument granted by the proper officer to an executor after probate of a will, authorizing him to act as executor. {Letter writer}. (a) One who writes letters. (b) A machine for copying letters. (c) A book giving directions and forms for the writing of letters.
\Let"ter\ (l[e^]t"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lettered} (-t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lettering}.] To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.
\Let"ter\, n. (Teleg.) A telegram longer than an ordinary message sent at rates lower than the standard message rate in consideration of its being sent and delivered subject to priority in service of regular messages. Such telegrams are called by the Western Union Company {day, or night, letters} according to the time of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company {day, or night, lettergrams}.

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