1. [ noun ] (writing) a written message addressed to a person or organization
Synonyms: missive

"wrote an indignant letter to the editor"

Related terms: text document invitation cover_letter open_letter form_letter epistle encyclical fan_letter chain_letter round_robin pastoral airmail_letter crank_letter business_letter dead_letter letter_of_intent personal_letter correspondence mail line PS address
2. [ noun ] the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
Synonyms: alphabetic_character letter_of_the_alphabet

"his grandmother taught him his letters"

Related terms: character block_letter consonant beta initial alpha gamma theta kappa digraph mu xi aitch z omega iota daleth lambda heth nu lamedh omicron ayin rho pi sigma tau epsilon delta polyphone c aleph beth gimel k he waw zayin s teth yodh kaph upsilon mem nun samekh vowel pe sadhe qoph resh sin shin taw phi zeta ascender descender chi a b psi eta d e f g h i j zee l m n o p q r ell t u v w x y alphabet spelling
3. [ verb ] (sport) win an athletic letter, in sports
Related terms: earn
4. [ noun ] (work,business) owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
Related terms: owner lease
5. [ verb ] mark letters on or mark with letters
Related terms: write
6. [ noun ] a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention)

"he followed instructions to the letter" "he obeyed the letter of the law"

Related terms: literal_interpretation
7. [ verb ] (printing) set down or print with letters
Related terms: print
8. [ noun ] (sport) an award earned by participation in a school sport
Synonyms: varsity_letter

"he won letters in three sports"

Related terms: award
Similar spelling:   Lewter