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covering letter

or cover letter

noun
1.
a letter that accompanies another letter, a package, or the like, to explain, commend, etc.
Origin of covering letter
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • They were accompanied by a covering letter addressed to myself.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • M. de la Mole himself took the trouble of writing the covering letter.

  • The verses (of course not the covering letter) appeared in Heartsease and Rue.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • Mr. Gerard has added a postscript expressing the hope that this report may be published together with his covering letter.

  • There were other documents besides the covering letter which they read very carefully.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • To conceal the importance of an enclosure, it is always a good dodge to send the covering letter under separate cover.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • By this arrangement I reckoned Herbert would get the letter with the receipt before the covering letter arrived.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • Copper watched Kennon as he dictated the covering letter, her slim fingers dancing over the stenotype.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Maclise's covering letter was an apotheosis, to be rendered only in fac-simile.

  • We have transmitted that with a covering letter to the Bureau of the Budget.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for covering letter

covering letter

noun
1.
an accompanying letter sent as an explanation, introduction, or record
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