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letter

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[ let-er ]
/ ˈlɛt ər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to mark or write with letters; inscribe: I picked up the crossword and lettered in P-E-A-R-L for the final clue.
verb (used without object)
to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport: He lettered in track at Harvard.
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Idioms about letter

    to the letter, to the last particular; precisely: His orders were carried out to the letter.

Origin of letter

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, variant of lettre, from Old French, from Latin littera “alphabetic character”; in plural, “epistle, literature”

synonym study for letter

8. See literature.

OTHER WORDS FROM letter

let·ter·er, nounlet·ter·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH letter

letter , lighter, liter, litter

Other definitions for letter (2 of 2)

letter2
[ let-er ]
/ ˈlɛt ər /

noun Chiefly British.
a person who lets, especially one who rents out property.

Origin of letter

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First recorded in 1550–60; let1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for letter

letter
/ (ˈlɛtə) /

noun
verb
to write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand
(tr) to set down or print using letters
See also letters

Derived forms of letter

letterer, noun

Word Origin for letter

C13: from Old French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet
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