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Cursive script letters (sense 1) of the English alphabet, together with some punctuation marks and numbers
A letter (sense 2) written by German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1716

Etymology 1Уреди

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 Middle English bocstaf, bookstave (letter, alphabetic symbol)

(from Old English bōcstæf (alphabetic symbol, written character)

), Middle English bocrune, bocroune (letter, written character)

(from Old English bōc (book)

+ rūn (letter, rune)

), Middle English writrune, writroune (letter, document)

(from Old English writ (letter, epistle)

+ rūn (letter, rune)

), Old English ǣrendbōc (letter, message)

, Old English ǣrendġewrit (letter, written message)

. Doublet of diphtheria



letter (plural letters)

  1. A symbol in an alphabet.
    There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet.
    • Bible, Luke xxiii. 38
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Walsh, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      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 (often contrasted with 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.
      • (Can we date this quote?), Tennyson, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
        I broke the letter of it to keep the sense.
      • 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.
    1. (plural) Literature.
      Benjamin Franklin was multiskilled – a scientist, politician and a man of letters.
    2. (law) A division unit of a piece of law marked by a letter of the alphabet.
      Letter (b) constitutes an exception to this provision.
    3. (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).
    4. (Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm.
    5. (US, scholastic) Clipping of varsity letter.
      1. (printing, dated) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
        • (Can we date this quote?), John Evelyn, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
          Under these buildings [] was the king's printing house, and that famous letter so much esteemed.