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Meaning of letter

let•ter

Pronunciation: (let'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail.
  2. a symbol or character that is conventionally used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and that is part of an alphabet.
  3. a piece of printing type bearing such a symbol or character.
  4. a particular style of type.
  5. such types collectively.
  6. Often,a formal document granting a right or privilege.
  7. actual terms or wording; literal meaning, as distinct from implied meaning or intent (opposed to spirit): the letter of the law.
    1. literature in general.
    2. the profession of literature.
    3. learning; knowledge, esp. of literature.
  8. an emblem consisting of the initial or monogram of a school, awarded to a student for extracurricular activity, esp. in athletics.
  9. to the last particular; precisely: His orders were carried out to the letter.
—v.t.
  1. to mark or write with letters; inscribe.
—v.i.
  1. to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, esp. a sport: He lettered in track at Harvard.

let•ter

Pronunciation: (let'ur), [key]
— n. Chiefly Brit.
  1. a person who lets, esp. one who rents out property.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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