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Meaning of LETTER

Pronunciation:  'letur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
  2. [n]  an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports"
  3. [n]  
  4. [n]  a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law"
  5. [n]  owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
  6. [v]  mark letters on or mark with letters
  7. [v]  set down or print with letters
  8. [v]  win an athletic letter, in sports

LETTER is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, missive, varsity letter
 See Also: A, accolade, address, aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter, alpha, alphabet, ascender, award, B, beta, business letter, C, chain letter, character, correspondence, cover letter, covering letter, crank letter, D, dead letter, delta, descender, destination, digraph, document, E, earn, encyclical, encyclical letter, epistle, epsilon, eta, F, form letter, G, gamma, garner, grapheme, graphic symbol, H, honor, honour, I, impress, initial, invitation, iota, J, K, kappa, L, lambda, laurels, letter of intent, literal interpretation, M, mail, mu, N, name and address, nu, O, omicron, open letter, owner, P, pastoral, personal letter, pi, postscript, print, proprietor, PS, Q, R, rho, round robin, S, sigma, spelling, T, tau, text, textual matter, theta, U, V, W, write, X, xi, Y, Z, zed, zee, zeta



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Let"ter\ (l[e^]t"t[~e]r), n. [From {Let} to permit.]
    One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.
  2. \Let"ter\, n. [From {Let} to hinder.]
    One who retards or hinders. [Archaic.]
  3. \Let"ter\, n. [OE. lettre, F. lettre, OF. letre, fr. L.
    littera, litera, a letter; pl., an epistle, a writing,
    literature, fr. linere, litum, to besmear, to spread or rub
    over; because one of the earliest modes of writing was by
    graving the characters upon tablets smeared over or covered
    with wax. --Pliny, xiii. 11. See {Liniment}, and cf.
    1. 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.
             And a superscription also was written over him in
             letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew. --Luke
                                                   xxiii. 38.
    2. A written or printed communication; a message expressed in
       intelligible characters on something adapted to
       conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle.
             The style of letters ought to be free, easy, and
             natural.                              --Walsh.
    3. A writing; an inscription. [Obs.]
             None could expound what this letter meant.
    4. Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact
       signification or requirement.
             We must observe the letter of the law, without doing
             violence to the reason of the law and the intention
             of the lawgiver.                      --Jer. Taylor.
             I broke the letter of it to keep the sense.
    5. (Print.) A single type; type, collectively; a style of
             Under these buildings . . . was the king's printing
             house, and that famous letter so much esteemed.
    6. pl. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters.
    7. pl. A letter; an epistle. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Dead letter}, {Drop letter}, etc. See under {Dead}, {Drop},
    {Letter book}, a book in which copies of letters are kept.
    {Letter box}, a box for the reception of letters to be mailed
       or delivered.
    {Letter carrier}, a person who carries letters; a postman;
       specif., an officer of the post office who carries letters
       to the persons to whom they are addressed, and collects
       letters to be mailed.
    {Letter cutter}, one who engraves letters or letter punches.
    {Letter lock}, a lock that can not be opened when fastened,
       unless certain movable lettered rings or disks forming a
       part of it are in such a position (indicated by a
       particular combination of the letters) as to permit the
       bolt to be withdrawn.
             A strange lock that opens with AMEN.  --Beau. & Fl.
    {Letter paper}, paper for writing letters on; especially, a
       size of paper intermediate between note paper and
       foolscap. See {Paper}.
    {Letter punch}, a steel punch with a letter engraved on the
       end, used in making the matrices for type.
    {Letters of administration} (Law), the instrument by which an
       administrator or administratrix is authorized to
       administer the goods and estate of a deceased person.
    {Letter of attorney}, {Letter of credit}, etc. See under
       {Attorney}, {Credit}, etc.
    {Letter of license}, a paper by which creditors extend a
       debtor's time for paying his debts.
    {Letters close or clause} (Eng. Law.), letters or writs
       directed to particular persons for particular purposes,
       and hence closed or sealed on the outside; --
       distinguished from letters patent. --Burrill.
    {Letters of orders} (Eccl.), a document duly signed and
       sealed, by which a bishop makes it known that he has
       regularly ordained a certain person as priest, deacon,
    {Letters patent}, {overt}, or {open} (Eng. Law), a writing
       executed and sealed, by which power and authority are
       granted to a person to do some act, or enjoy some right;
       as, letters patent under the seal of England.
    {Letter-sheet envelope}, a stamped sheet of letter paper
       issued by the government, prepared to be folded and sealed
       for transmission by mail without an envelope.
    {Letters testamentary} (Law), an instrument granted by the
       proper officer to an executor after probate of a will,
       authorizing him to act as executor.
    {Letter writer}.
       (a) One who writes letters.
       (b) A machine for copying letters.
       (c) A book giving directions and forms for the writing of
  4. \Let"ter\ (l[e^]t"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lettered}
    (-t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lettering}.]
    To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a
    book gilt and lettered.
  5. \Let"ter\, n. (Teleg.)
    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, or night, letters} according to the time
    of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company {day, or
    night, lettergrams}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you receive a letter means a new opportunity or challenge. Alternatively, the letter represents a message from your unconscious mind. The contents of the letter may offer you some guidance in a current situation. Consider also how the letter may be a pun on "let her".
Easton Bible Dictionary

in Rom. 2:27, 29 means the outward form. The "oldness of the letter" (7:6) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules of conduct. In 2 Cor. 3:6, "the letter" means the Mosaic law as a written law. (See WRITING.)

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