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Dictionary Definition

letter

Noun

1 a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor" [syn: missive]
2 the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters" [syn: letter of the alphabet, alphabetic character]
3 a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law"
4 an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports" [syn: varsity letter]
5 owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire

Verb

1 win an athletic letter
2 set down or print with letters
3 mark letters on or mark with letters

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

< lettre < littera < Etruscan.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /ˈlɛt.ə/, /"lEt.@/
  • a AusE /ˈlet.ə/, /"let.@/
  • a GenAm /ˈlɛt.ɚ/, /"lEt.@`/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛtə(r)
  • Hyphenation: let·ter

Noun

  1. A symbol in an alphabet.
  2. A written message. See also note.
  3. A size of paper, 8½ in × 11 in (215.9 mm × 279.4 mm, US paper sizes rounded to the nearest 5 mm)
  4. A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm

Translations

letter of the alphabet
written message

Verb

  1. to print, inscribe, or paint letters on something.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. letter

Derived terms

Swedish

Noun

letter
  1. sv-noun-form-indef-pl lett

Extensive Definition

Letter and similar can mean:

Literature

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Places

letter in Spanish: Letra
letter in French: Lettre
letter in Italian: Lettera
letter in Hungarian: Levél
letter in Japanese: Letter
letter in Portuguese: Letra (desambiguação)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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