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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

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Aristotle

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

Historically the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution, and they promptly turned around and started persecuting the people they didn't agree with - the scarlet letter A, and the stocks and the dunking board came from that. That puritanism is still there.
Hugh Hefner

Read my letter to the old folks, and give my love to them, and tell my brothers to be always watching unto prayer, and when the good old ship of Zion comes along, to be ready to step aboard.
Harriet Tubman

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
Pope Gregory VII
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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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