Definition of Letter opener

1. Noun. Dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books.

Exact synonyms: Paper Knife, Paperknife
Generic synonyms: Knife

Definition of Letter opener

1. Noun. A knifelike device with a blunt edge, used for slicing letters open. ¹

¹ Source:

Lexicographical Neighbors of Letter Opener

letter carrier
letter carriers
letter case
letter grade
letter grades
letter of attorney
letter of comfort
letter of credit
letter of intent
letter of mark and reprisal
letter of marque
letter of recommendation
letter of relaxation
letter of the alphabet
letter of the law
letter opener (current term)
letter openers
letter paper
letter patent
letter security
letter stock
letter telegram
letter to the editor
letter writer

Literary usage of Letter opener

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

1. Business English: A Course in Practical Grammar and Business Correspondence by Carl Coran Marshall (1905)
"In opening letters, a letter-opener should be used; this usually consists ... The blade of the letter-opener is inserted beneath the flap of the envelope, ..."

2. Tariff Handbook by Committee on Ways and Means, United States, United States Dept. of the Treasury, Congress (1913)
"The importers say it is a letter opener with a knife attachment; the Government that it is a knife with a letter-opener attachment. ..."

3. Saint Louis Medical and Surgical Journal (1899)
"The Listerine letter opener is a very neat as well as convenient adjunct to every ... As is stated on the handle of the letter opener, "There is no better ..."

4. Germany, from 1760 to 1814; Or, Sketches of German Life, from the Decay of by Sarah Austin (1854)
""This Drechsel had held the honourable post of Privy Letter-opener. It seems that every post-office received from the general Direction a list of the ..."

5. The MailbagAdvertising (1918)
"THE LIGHTNING letter opener has the unqualified endorsement o£ more than six ... SEND FOR THIS BOOKLET TODAY THE Motor Wren LIGHTNING letter opener opens ..."

6. House Documents, Otherwise Publ. as Executive Documents: 13th Congress, 2d by United States Congress. House (1868)
"... and letter opener.— Octal tor 1, ШП.— Tbo st<4'| blade hns two ... combined eraser and letter opener. 69*389. ..."

7. The Spectator: A Digest-index by William Wheeler (1892)
"Teaching of letter-writing in schools. Women and Postscripts. 127-2-4; 407-2-3; 516-1-2 ; 330-1-1. A letter-opener's detection. 642-1-3. 582-2-2 ; 708-2-3. ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Letter opener on!Search for Letter opener on!Search for Letter opener on Google!Search for Letter opener on Wikipedia!