Definition of "letter" [let•ter]

  • A written symbol or character representing a speech sound and being a component of an alphabet. (noun)
  • A written symbol or character used in the graphemic representation of a word, such as the h in Thames. See Note at Thames. (noun)
  • A written or printed communication directed to a person or organization. (noun)
  • A certified document granting rights to its bearer. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Literal meaning: had to adhere to the letter of the law. (noun)
  • Any of a set of conventional symbols used in writing or printing a language, each symbol being associated with a group of phonetic values in the language; character of the alphabet (noun)

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  • A written or printed communication addressed to a person, company, etc, usually sent by post in an envelope (noun)
  • A style of typeface (noun)
  • To write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand (verb)
  • To set down or print using letters (verb)

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Use "letter" in a sentence
  • "But in sharply-worded letter written this week, Senate Homeland Security Committee chairs Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) say the “letter of assurance” did no such thing."
  • "Cos I got Jillehpie's letter fine and Sophiepie's is lost somewhere. * calls out to letter* meh. * stamps feet* I WANT SOPHS LETTER!!"
  • "The second letter has a date line, personal signature and initials of dictator and stenographer -- little touches that add to the personality of the letter_"