- educated or learned.
- of, relating to, or characterized by learning or literary culture.
- marked with or as if with letters.
Origin of lettered
- a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail.
- a symbol or character that is conventionally used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and that is part of an alphabet.
- a piece of printing type bearing such a symbol or character.
- a particular style of type.
- such types collectively.
- Often letters. a formal document granting a right or privilege.
- actual terms or wording; literal meaning, as distinct from implied meaning or intent (opposed to spirit): the letter of the law.
- letters, (used with a singular or plural verb)
- literature in general.
- the profession of literature.
- learning; knowledge, especially of literature.
- an emblem consisting of the initial or monogram of a school, awarded to a student for extracurricular activity, especially in athletics.
- to mark or write with letters; inscribe.
- to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport: He lettered in track at Harvard.
- to the letter, to the last particular; precisely: His orders were carried out to the letter.
Origin of letter1
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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
- well educated in literature, the arts, etc
- of or characterized by learning or culture
- printed or marked with letters
- any of a set of conventional symbols used in writing or printing a language, each symbol being associated with a group of phonetic values in the language; character of the alphabet
- a written or printed communication addressed to a person, company, etc, usually sent by post in an envelopeRelated adjective: epistolary
- the letter the strict legalistic or pedantic interpretation of the meaning of an agreement, document, etc; exact wording as distinct from actual intention (esp in the phrase the letter of the law)Compare spirit 1 (def. 10)
- printing archaic a style of typefacea fancy letter
- to the letter
- following the literal interpretation or wording exactly
- attending to every detail
- to write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand
- (tr) to set down or print using letters
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