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Pronunciation

Cursive script letters (sense 1) of the English alphabet, together with some punctuation marks and numbers
A letter (sense 2) written in the early 19th century

Etymology 1

From Средњи Енглески letter, lettre, from Стари Француски letre, from Латински littera (letter of the alphabet"; in plural, "epistle), from Etruscan, from Антички Грчки διφθέρᾱ (diphthérā, tablet). Displaced native Стари Енглески bōcstæf (literally book staff) in sense 1 and ǣrendġewrit (literally message writing) in sense 2. Дублети of diphtheria.

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Noun

letter (plural letters)

  1. A symbol in an alphabet.
    There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet.
    • Шаблон:RQ:KJV
      And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew.
  2. A written or printed communication, generally longer and more formal than a note.
    I wrote a letter to my sister about my life.
    • 1692, William Walsh, “Preface”, in Letters and Poems, Amorous and Gallant:
      The style of letters ought to be free, easy, and natural.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part I, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
  3. The literal meaning of something, as distinguished from its intended and remoter meaning (the spirit).
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living:
      We must observe the letter of the law, without doing violence to the reason of the law and the intention of the lawgiver.
    • Шаблон:RQ:Tennyson Princess
    • 2009 фебруар 23, “Euro MP expenses 'can reach £1m'”, in BBC[2]:
      Some MEPs from some countries may have pocketed £2m more than I have by observing the letter but not the spirit of the rules.
  4. (plural) Literature.
    Benjamin Franklin was multiskilled – a scientist, politician and a man of letters.
  5. (law) A division unit of a piece of law marked by a letter of the alphabet.
    Letter (b) constitutes an exception to this provision.
  6. (US, uncountable) A size of paper, 8½ in × 11 in (215.9 mm × 279.4 mm, US paper sizes rounded to the nearest 5 mm).
  7. (Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm.
  8. (US, scholastic) Clipping of varsity letter.
  9. (printing, dated) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
    • 1644 фебруар 8, John Evelyn, Diary:
      Under these buildings [] was the king's printing house, and that famous letter so much esteemed.
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Verb

letter (third-person singular simple present letters, present participle lettering, simple past and past participle lettered)

  1. (transitive) To print, inscribe, or paint letters on something.
  2. (intransitive, US, scholastic) To earn a varsity letter (award).
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Etymology 2

From Средњи Енглески letere, equivalent to Африканс.

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Noun

letter (plural letters)

  1. One who lets, or lets out.
    the letter of a room
    a blood-letter
  2. (archaic) One who retards or hinders.
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Afrikaans

Африканс Википедија има чланак на:
Википедија af

Etymology

From Холандски letter, from Средњи Холандски lettere, from Стари Француски lettre, from Латински littera.

Pronunciation

Noun

Шаблон:af-noun

  1. letter (letter of the alphabet)

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Dutch

Холандски Википедија има чланак на:
Википедија nl

Etymology

From Средњи Холандски lettere, from Стари Француски lettre, from Латински littera.

Pronunciation

Noun

letter f (plural letters, diminutive lettertje n)

  1. letter (letter of the alphabet)
  2. (obsolete) letter (written message)

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Descendants

  • Африканс: letter
  • Negerhollands: letter
  • Caribbean Javanese: lèter
  • Индонезијски: leter
  • Јапански: レッテル (retteru)
  • Papiamentu: lèter, lèterchi, letter
  • Saramaccan: letè

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

Verb

Шаблон:nb-verb-form

  1. present tense of lette

Etymology 2

Noun

Шаблон:nb-noun-form

  1. indefinite plural of lett Шаблон:nb-fcon

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

Шаблон:nn-noun-form

  1. indefinite plural of lett Шаблон:nn-fcon

Swedish

Noun

letter

  1. indefinite plural of lett