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[let-er-hed] /ˈlɛt ərˌhɛd/
a printed heading on stationery, especially one giving the name and address of a business concern, an institution, etc.
a sheet of paper with such a heading.
Origin of letterhead
First recorded in 1885-90; letter1 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mern jerked away the paper, noting that its letterhead was his own.

  • It was on the letterhead of Eight Colors, and it contained no message.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Stamp is as familiar to him as to you, yet he prefers to say 'letterhead'—because he does.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • He compared the letterhead number and the number on the door.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The letterhead may be printed, engraved, or lithographed, and it is safest done in black.

  • The original typed copy of that—do you recall whether that was on a letterhead stationery or anything?

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It was written on headquarters' letterhead and spoke disrespectfully of Mr. Lincoln, the Commander-in-Chief.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • Let fall a drop of ink on each of several pieces of white paper, letterhead size.

    Power of Mental Imagery Warren Hilton
  • Tomaso had seen the letterhead of that correspondence school, and had just accidentally mentioned it.


    B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for letterhead


a sheet of paper printed with one's address, name, etc, for writing a letter on
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for letterhead

1868, short for letterheading (1867); from letter (n.1) + head (n.). So called because it was printed at the "head" of the piece of paper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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