1. the process of printing from letters or type in relief, rather than from intaglio plates or planographically.
  2. matter printed in such a manner.
  3. Chiefly British. printed text or reading matter, as distinguished from illustrations.
  1. by letterpress: The circular should be printed letterpress, not offset.
  1. set in letterpress: letterpress work.

Origin of letterpress

First recorded in 1750–60; letter1 + press1
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    1. a method of printing in which ink is transferred from raised surfaces to paper by pressure; relief printing
    2. matter so printed
  1. text matter as distinct from illustrations
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