['letə] or ['lɛtɚ]


(noun.) a written message addressed to a person or organization; 'mailed an indignant letter to the editor'.

(noun.) an award earned by participation in a school sport; 'he won letters in three sports'.

(noun.) the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; 'his grandmother taught him his letters'.

(noun.) a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); 'he followed instructions to the letter'; 'he obeyed the letter of the law'.

(noun.) owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire.

(verb.) mark letters on or mark with letters.

(verb.) set down or print with letters.

(verb.) win an athletic letter.

Editor: Trudy--From WordNet


(n.) One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.

(n.) One who retards or hinders.

(n.) 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.

(n.) A written or printed communication; a message expressed in intelligible characters on something adapted to conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle.

(n.) A writing; an inscription.

(n.) Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact signification or requirement.

(n.) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.

(n.) Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters.

(n.) A letter; an epistle.

(v. t.) To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.

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Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Alphabetic character.[2]. Epistle, note.[3]. Literal meaning, literal sense, verbal expression.

Typist: Yvette

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Epistle, note, communication, message, missive

Inputed by Kirsten


n. a conventional mark to express a sound: a written or printed message: literal meaning: a printing-type: (pl.) learning literary culture.—v.t. to stamp letters upon.—ns. Lett′er-bal′ance a balance for testing the weight of a letter for post; Lett′er-board (print.) board on which matter in type is placed for keeping or convenience in handling; Lett′er-book a book in which letters or copies of letters are kept; Lett′er-box a box in a post-office at the door of a house &c. for receiving letters; Lett′er-carr′ier a postman; Lett′er-case a portable writing-desk.—adj. Lett′ered marked with letters: educated: versed in literature: belonging to learning (Lettered proof and Proof before letters; see Proof).—ns. Lett′erer; Lett′er-found′er one who founds or casts letters or types; Lett′ering the act of impressing letters: the letters impressed.—adj. Lett′erless illiterate.—ns. Lett′er-miss′ive an official letter on matters of common interest sent to members of a church: a letter from the sovereign addressed to a dean and chapter naming the person they are to elect bishop—also Royal letter; Lett′ern (same as Lectern); Lett′er-of-cred′it a letter authorising credit or cash to a certain sum to be paid to the bearer; Lett′er-of-marque (mé‹œk) a commission given to a private ship by a government to make reprisals on the vessels of another state.—adj. Lett′er-per′fect kept in the memory exactly (of an actor's part &c.).—ns. Lett′erpress letters impressed or matter printed from type as distinguished from engraving: a copying-press; Lett′ers-pā′tent a writing conferring a patent or authorising a person to enjoy some privilege so called because written on open sheets of parchment; Lett′er-stamp a post-office implement for defacing a postage-stamp: a stamp for imprinting dates &c. on letters or papers; Lett′er-wood the heart-wood of a tree found in British Guiana dark brown with darker spots somewhat resembling hieroglyphics; Lett′er-writ′er one who writes letters esp. for hire: a book containing forms for imitation in writing letters.—Letter of indication (see Circular); Letters of administration a document issued by court appointing an administrator of an intestate estate; Letters requisitory or rogatory an instrument by which a court of one country asks that of another to take certain evidence on its behalf; Lettre de cachet (see Cachet).

Edited by Clare

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream that you see a registered letter, foretells that some money matters will disrupt long-established relations. For a young woman to dream that she receives such a letter, intimates that she will be offered a competency, but it will not be on strictly legal, or moral grounds; others may play towards her a dishonorable part. To the lover, this bears heavy presentments of disagreeable mating. His sweetheart will covet other gifts than his own. To dream of an anonymous letter, denotes that you will receive injury from an unsuspected source. To write one, foretells that you will be jealous of a rival, whom you admit to be your superior. To dream of getting letters bearing unpleasant news, denotes difficulties or illness. If the news is of a joyous character, you will have many things to be thankful for. If the letter is affectionate, but is written on green, or colored, paper, you will be slighted in love and business. Despondency will envelop you. Blue ink, denotes constancy and affection, also bright fortune. Red colors in a letter, imply estrangements through suspicion and jealousy, but this may be overcome by wise maneuvering of the suspected party. If a young woman dreams that she receives a letter from her lover and places it near her heart, she will be worried very much by a good-looking rival. Truthfulness is often rewarded with jealousy. If you fail to read the letter, you will lose something either in a business or social way. Letters nearly always bring worry. To have your letter intercepted, rival enemies are working to defame you. To dream of trying to conceal a letter from your sweetheart or wife, intimates that you are interested in unworthy occupations. To dream of a letter with a black border, signifies distress and the death of some relative. To receive a letter written on black paper with white ink, denotes that gloom and disappointment will assail you, and friendly interposition will render small relief. If the letter passes between husband and wife, it means separation under sensational charges. If lovers, look for quarrels and threats of suicide. To business people, it denotes enviousness and covetousness. To dream that you write a letter, denotes that you will be hasty in condemning some one on suspicion, and regrets will follow. A torn letter, indicates that hopeless mistakes may ruin your reputation. To receive a letter by hand, denotes that you are acting ungenerously towards your companions or sweetheart, and you also are not upright in your dealings. To dream often of receiving a letter from a friend, foretells his arrival, or you will hear from him by letter or otherwise.

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Typist: Phil


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