|1.||[ noun ] (writing) a written message addressed to a person or organization|
"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|
"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|
|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|
|6.||[ noun ] a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention)|
"he followed instructions to the letter" "he obeyed the letter of the law"
|7.||[ verb ] (printing) set down or print with letters|
|8.||[ noun ] (sport) an award earned by participation in a school sport|
"he won letters in three sports"