Origin of lettered
- literature in general.
- the profession of literature.
- learning; knowledge, especially of literature.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of letter1
Synonyms for letter
Examples from the Web for lettered
Contemporary Examples of lettered
Each of the three issues is entirely written, drawn, lettered, and edited by women.The New Wonder Women of Comics
April 7, 2010
Historical Examples of lettered
Her mind was reading the lettered scroll of a vanished year.Meadow Grass
On the glass pane of the door was lettered, “Mr. Dunn—Private.”Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
In the rack above it, lettered with each resident's name, was mail for her.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
It will be noticed that the stars on the diagrams are all numbered and lettered.A Field Book of the Stars
William Tyler Olcott
Stretched from pole to pole, they lettered the heavens with the wonders of infinitude.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- following the literal interpretation or wording exactly
- attending to every detail
Word Origin for letter
"literate," c.1300, from letter (n.). Meaning "inscribed" is from 1660s.
"one who lets" in any sense, c.1400, agent noun from let (v.).
c.1200, "graphic symbol, alphabetic sign, written character," from Old French letre (10c., Modern French lettre) "character, letter; missive, note," in plural, "literature, writing, learning," from Latin littera (also litera) "letter of the alphabet," of uncertain origin, perhaps via Etruscan from Greek diphthera "tablet," with change of d- to l- as in lachrymose. In this sense it replaced Old English bocstæf, literally "book staff" (cf. German Buchstabe "letter, character," from Old High German buohstab, from Proto-Germanic *bok-staba-m).
Latin littera also meant "a writing, document, record," and in plural litteræ "a letter, epistle," a sense first attested in English early 13c., replacing Old English ærendgewrit, literally "errand-writing." The Latin plural also meant "literature, books," and figuratively "learning, liberal education, schooling" (see letters). School letter in sports, attested by 1908, were said to have been first awarded by University of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Expression to the letter "precisely" is from 1520s (earlier as after the letter). Letter-perfect is from 1845, originally in theater jargon, in reference to an actor knowing the lines exactly. Letter-press, in reference to matter printed from relief surfaces, is from 1840.
In addition to the idiom beginning with letter
- letter of the law
- bread and butter letter
- crank call (letter)
- dead letter
- four-letter word
- poison-pen letter
- red-letter day
- to the letter