1. a process of printing that transfers the image from a letterpress-type relief plate to a roller or blanket from which it is offset.

Origin of letterset

First recorded in 1960–65; letter1 + set
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British Dictionary definitions for letterset


  1. a method of rotary printing in which ink is transferred from raised surfaces to paper via a rubber-covered cylinder

Word Origin for letterset

C20: from letter (press) + (off) set
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