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Definition of Letter

Letter

  1. One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.
  2. One who retards or hinders.
  3. A mark or character used as the representative of a sound, or of an articulation of the human organs of speech; a first element of written language.
  4. A written or printed communication; a message expressed in intelligible characters on something adapted to conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle.
  5. A writing; an inscription.
  6. Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact signification or requirement.
  7. A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
  8. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters.
  9. A letter; an epistle.
  10. To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.
  11. A telegram longer than an ordinary message sent at rates lower than the standard message rate in consideration of its being sent and delivered subject to priority in service of regular messages. Such telegrams are called by the Western Union Company day, / night, letters according to the time of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company day, / night, lettergrams.

Letter Quotations

Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It's the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It's that important, so don't mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write.
Nicholas Sparks

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
Alice Walker

What had brought me to New York in the autumn of 1972 was a letter of recommendation written by Norman Mailer, the author of 'The Naked and the Dead' and American literature's leading heavyweight contender, to Dan Wolf, the delphic editor of 'The Village Voice.'
James Wolcott

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Blaise Pascal

A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
Jane Austen
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Letter Translations

letter in Afrikaans is brief
letter in Danish is bogstav, brev
letter in Dutch is zendbrief, epistel, brief
letter in Finnish is kirjain, kirje
letter in French is missive, lettre
letter in German is Brief, Brief, Buchstabe, Buchstabe
letter in Italian is epistolare, lettera alfabetica
letter in Latin is epistula, litterae, epistola, tabellae
letter in Norwegian is bokstav, brev
letter in Portuguese is carta, letra
letter in Spanish is letra, carta
letter in Swedish is brev, skrivelse, bokstav, brev
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