letter NOUN 1) a character representing one or more of the sounds used in speech; any of the symbols of an alphabet. 2) a written, typed, or printed communication, sent by post or messenger. 3) the precise terms of a statement or requirement. 4) (letters) literature.
VERB inscribe or provide with letters.
to the letter — Cf. ↑to the letter
DERIVATIVES lettering noun.
ORIGIN Latin litera 'letter of the alphabet' , (plural) 'epistle, literature, culture' .

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