Definition of Letter

1. Noun. A written message addressed to a person or organization. "Mailed an indignant letter to the editor"

2. Verb. Win an athletic letter.
Generic synonyms: Earn, Garner

3. Noun. The conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech. "His grandmother taught him his letters"

4. Verb. Set down or print with letters.
Generic synonyms: Impress, Print
Derivative terms: Letterer

5. Noun. Owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire.
Generic synonyms: Owner, Proprietor
Derivative terms: Let

6. Verb. Mark letters on or mark with letters.
Generic synonyms: Write
Derivative terms: Letterer

7. Noun. A strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention). "He obeyed the letter of the law"
Generic synonyms: Literal Interpretation

8. Noun. An award earned by participation in a school sport. "He won letters in three sports"
Exact synonyms: Varsity Letter
Generic synonyms: Accolade, Award, Honor, Honour, Laurels

Definition of Letter

1. n. One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.

2. n. One who retards or hinders.

3. n. 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.

4. v. t. To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.

5. n. 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.

Definition of Letter

1. Noun. A symbol in an alphabet, bookstave. ¹

2. Noun. A written message. See also note. ¹

3. Noun. Literal meaning. ¹

4. Noun. (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) ¹

5. Noun. (Canada uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm ¹

6. Noun. (US scholastic) (short for varsity letter) ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) to print, inscribe, or paint letters on something. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) (US scholastic) To earn a varsity letter (award). ¹

9. Noun. One who lets, or lets out. ¹

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Definition of Letter

1. to mark with letters (written symbols representing speech sounds) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Letter

1. Written or printed communication between individuals or between persons and representatives of corporate bodies. The correspondence may be personal or professional. In medical and other scientific publications the letter is usually from one or more authors to the editor of the journal or book publishing the item being commented upon or discussed. Letter as a publication type is often accompanied by comment. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Letter

lets down
lets loose
lets off
lets one's hair down
lets out
letter (current term)
letter agreement
letter art
letter blindness
letter bomb
letter bombs
letter bond
letter box
letter carrier
letter carriers
letter case
letter grade
letter grades

Literary usage of Letter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
""Listen to the last sentences of the letter," said Miss Halcombe. ... She dropped the useless letter, and her eyes flashed as they met mine. ..."

2. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"A the first letter in the alphabets of all ^ written languages, if we except the Ethi- opic or Abyssinian, of which it is the thirteenth. ..."

3. Letters from the United States, Cuba and Canada by Amelia Matilda Murray (1856)
"letter XXVI. Mammoth Care—Treatment of Travellers—A Slave ... letter XXVIII. Indian Nomenclature—A Shaker Village—Cambridge—A Troublesome Negro— Whites in ..."

4. Annals of Annapolis: Comprising Sundry Notices of that Old City from the by David Ridgely (1841)
"letter from General Charles Lee to the President of the Council of Safety of Maryland, 251 letter from the Hon'ble John Hancock to the Convention of ..."

5. A History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York by Morgan Dix, John Adams Dix, Leicester Crosby Lewis, Charles Thorley Bridgeman, Clifford P. Morehouse (1906)
"letter from the Rev. Seth Hart Welcoming the Bishop back to his Diocese — The Ringing of Church Bells; letter from Bishop Hobart — letter from Bishop Croes ..."

6. Original Letters, Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal by Henry Ellis (1825)
"1580: as well as of another letter from the Queen to Lord Burghley and ... From the following letter it will be seen that the Trial had been finally agreed ..."

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