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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

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

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

I have been committed to carrying out my duties... in accordance with both the letter and spirit of all applicable rules of ethics and canons of conduct.
Samuel Alito

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

Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It's disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there's something visceral about opening a letter - I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.
Steve Carell
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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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