Origin of dead letter
OTHER WORDS FROM dead letterdead-letter, adjective
Words nearby dead letter
How to use dead letter in a sentence
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers|Nico Hines|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A policewoman was shot dead this morning while law enforcement searched for the Charlie Lebdo killers.France Mourns—and Hunts|Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Absent a body, no one can say with absolute certainty whether Castro is dead, even if all signs point in that direction.
In memoriam, Parker Molloy writes a powerful letter to Leelah.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars|The Daily Beast|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.Children's Ways|James Sully
He turned to the gentle accents of his sweet Alice, breathed in a letter which had been wet with her grateful tears.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Hoosier hurried on board the boat, and followed Dick's instructions to the letter.
A letter from Fajardo to the king (December 10, 1621) concerns various matters of administration and business.
When he plays a sonata it is as if the composition rose from the dead and stood transfigured before you.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for dead letter
Other Idioms and Phrases with dead letter
An unclaimed or undelivered letter that is eventually destroyed or returned to the sender. For example, She moved without leaving a forwarding address, so her mail ended up in the dead letter office. [c. 1700]
A statute or directive that is still valid but in practice is not enforced. For example, The blue laws here are a dead letter; all the stores open on Sundays and holidays. [Second half of 1600s]