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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 didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
Mark Twain

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
Ernest Hemingway

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
Voltaire

I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.
Steven Wright
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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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