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covering letter

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noun
  1. a letter that accompanies another letter, a package, or the like, to explain, commend, etc.
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Origin of covering letter

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for covering letter

covering letter

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