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[let-er-man, -muh n] /ˈlɛt ərˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural lettermen
[let-er-men, -muh n] /ˈlɛt ərˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a person who has earned a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport.
Origin of letterman
First recorded in 1715-25; letter1 + man1, -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The letter man came that afternoon just as they arrived home from school.

    The Bobbsey Twins Laura Lee Hope
  • "Oh, he has made some mistake," said Bert and ran after the letter man.

    The Bobbsey Twins Laura Lee Hope
  • As Mary had often said: “When you can fool the letter man and the charwoman you have nothing to fear from the secret service.”

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
Slang definitions & phrases for letter man

letter man

Related Terms

four-letter man

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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