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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
let•ter1 /ˈlɛtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a written or printed message or communication addressed to a person or organization and usually sent by mail: [countable]Her letters went unanswered.[uncountable;  by + ~]The news came by letter.
  2. a symbol or character that is used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and is part of an alphabet:[countable]The letter L is the twelfth letter in the English alphabet.
  3. literal meaning, as distinct from implied meaning (opposed to spirit ):[singular;  often: the + ~]the letter of the law.
  4. Literatureletters, [used with a singular or plural verb] literature or learning in general:a man of letters.

v. 
  1. to mark or write with letters;
    inscribe:[+ object]The sign was beautifully lettered.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsto the letter, to the last particular;
    precisely:I followed your instructions to the letter.

let•ter•er, n. [countable]See -lit-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
let•ter1  (letər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail.
  2. a symbol or character that is conventionally used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and that is part of an alphabet.
  3. Printinga piece of printing type bearing such a symbol or character.
  4. Printinga particular style of type.
  5. Printingsuch types collectively.
  6. Often,  letters. a formal document granting a right or privilege.
  7. actual terms or wording;
    literal meaning, as distinct from implied meaning or intent (opposed to spirit):the letter of the law.
  8. letters, (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
    • Literatureliterature in general.
    • Literaturethe profession of literature.
    • Literaturelearning;
      knowledge, esp. of literature.
  9. an emblem consisting of the initial or monogram of a school, awarded to a student for extracurricular activity, esp. in athletics.
  10. Idiomsto the letter, to the last particular;
    precisely:His orders were carried out to the letter.

v.t. 
  1. to mark or write with letters;
    inscribe.

v.i. 
  1. to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, esp. a sport:He lettered in track at Harvard.
letter•er, n. 
letter•less, adj. 
  • Latin littera alphabetic character, in plural, epistle, literature
  • Old French
  • Middle English, variant of lettre 1175–1225
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  literature. 

let•ter2  (letər),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Termsa person who lets, esp. one who rents out property.
  • 1375–1425; late Middle English letere; see let1, -er1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

letter /ˈlɛtə/ n
  1. 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
  2. a written or printed communication addressed to a person, company, etc, usually sent by post in an envelope
  3. the letterthe 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)
  4. to the letterfollowing the literal interpretation or wording exactly
  5. attending to every detail
vb
  1. to write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand
  2. (transitive) to set down or print using letters
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet

ˈletterer n




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