a printed heading on stationery, especially one giving the name and address of a business concern, an institution, etc.
a sheet of paper with such a heading.

Origin of letterhead

First recorded in 1885–90; letter1 + head
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Contemporary Examples of letterhead

  • On some, on the letterhead, it will say, Dashiell Hammett, Knickerbocker, San Francisco, California.

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Historical Examples of letterhead

British Dictionary definitions for letterhead



a sheet of paper printed with one's address, name, etc, for writing a letter on
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Word Origin and History for letterhead

1868, short for letterheading (1867); from letter (n.1) + head (n.). So called because it was printed at the "head" of the piece of paper.

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