let|ter1 W1S1 [ˈletə US -ər] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: lettre, from Latin littera]
1.) a written or printed message that is usually put in an envelope and sent by mail
letter from/to
I got a long letter from Melanie today.
Bart's writing a letter to his parents.
post a letter
BrE /mail a letter AmE
Could you post this letter for me?
a letter of thanks/introduction/complaint etc
Julie received a letter of apology from the hospital.
a business letter
→↑chain letter, covering letter, letter of credit, open letter,thank-you letter atthank-you
2.) a sign in writing or printing that represents a speech sound
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
Fill in the form in capital letters (=written in their large form) .
3.) to the letter
paying exact attention to the details of something
I followed the instructions to the letter, but it still wouldn't work.
4.) the letter of the law
the exact words of a law or agreement rather than the intended or general meaning
employees who stick to the letter of the law in their contracts
the spirit of the law atspirit1 (11)
5.) AmE a large cloth letter that you sew onto a jacket, given as a reward for playing in a school or college sports team
Mark got a letter in soccer.
6.) English/American/German etc letters [plural] formal
the study of the literature of a particular country or language
a major figure in English letters
letter 2
letter2 v
1.) [T usually passive]
to write, draw, paint etc letters or words on something
The card was neatly lettered P.A. DUFFY.
letter sth in sth
Several pages are lettered in gold.
2.) [i]AmE
to earn a ↑letter 1(5) in a sport
letter in
He lettered in basketball at Brandeis.

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