[ let-er-man, -muhn ]

noun,plural let·ter·men [let-er-men, -muhn]. /ˈlɛt ərˌmɛn, -mən/.
  1. 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 + man, -man

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How to use letterman in a sentence

  • 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
  • The letter-man—as he was called—was bringing a letter for Miss Page.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • My father was crazy, too; for he gave the letter-man half a lira for bringing him such a letter and reading to him the good news.

  • Every morning of my life for weeks and weeks, I kept looking for the letter-man to bring another.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The letter man came that afternoon just as they arrived home from school.

    The Bobbsey Twins | Laura Lee Hope