Origin of lettering
- 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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Related Wordsengraving, caption, epitaph, signature, lettering, photograph, stamp, writing, edition, magazine, book, newspaper, copy, type, lithograph, impress, seal, disseminate, publish, mark
Examples from the Web for lettering
But among reams of waterlogged documents, troops wading in water four feet deep spotted Hebrew lettering among the Arabic.Saddam’s Jewish Treasures
February 8, 2014
Vineberg stood before the bench in a black winter coat with lettering on the back that mystified the unhip.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act
February 7, 2014
He assumes that the lettering which borders the bodice in this drawing—ALS.Holbein
Vera did that lettering on one of her sheets in about five minutes.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
A word should never be divided or hyphenated in lettering, when it can be avoided.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
There was lettering, too, upon the undermost side when the man turned it over.Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Much to his satisfaction, he saw that there was some lettering on the back of the sign.Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"
An Old Scout
- the act, art, or technique of inscribing letters on to something
- the letters so inscribed
- 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 and History for lettering
1640s, "act of writing;" 1811 as "act of putting letters on something," verbal noun from letter (v.).
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with lettering
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