lettering

[ let-er-ing ]
/ ˈlɛt ər ɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of inscribing with or making letters.
the letters in an inscription; calligraphy.

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Origin of lettering

First recorded in 1635–45; letter1 + -ing1

Definition for lettering (2 of 2)

letter1
[ let-er ]
/ ˈlɛt ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to mark or write with letters; inscribe.

verb (used without object)

to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport: He lettered in track at Harvard.

Origin of letter

1
1175–1225; Middle English, variant of lettre < Old French < Latin littera alphabetic character, in plural, epistle, literature

OTHER WORDS FROM letter

let·ter·er, nounlet·ter·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH letter

letter lighter liter litter
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British Dictionary definitions for lettering (1 of 2)

lettering
/ (ˈlɛtərɪŋ) /

noun

the act, art, or technique of inscribing letters on to something
the letters so inscribed

British Dictionary definitions for lettering (2 of 2)

letter
/ (ˈlɛtə) /

noun

verb

to write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand
(tr) to set down or print using letters
See also letters

Derived forms of letter

letterer, noun

Word Origin for letter

C13: from Old French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet
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Idioms and Phrases with lettering

letter

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