- letterer-siwe disease,
- letters of administration,
- letters of credence
Origin of lettering
- literature in general.
- the profession of literature.
- learning; knowledge, especially of literature.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of letter1
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.
He wanted to look at my sheath knife, and when I handed it he seen the lettering "Green River" on the blade.A Man in the Open|Roger Pocock
Amzi wrote slowly, in a large round hand, beginning immediately under the "First National Bank" lettering.Otherwise Phyllis|Meredith Nicholson
There was lettering, too, upon the undermost side when the man turned it over.Brother Copas|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Sometimes the lettering is so fine that it could have been done only with the aid of a lens, and it cannot be read without one.
The lettering should be as plain and as free from any sort of embellishment as it well can be.Manners and Rules of Good Society|Anonymous
- following the literal interpretation or wording exactly
- attending to every detail
Word Origin for letter
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.
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