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Letter appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Mr. Tongue Twister tried to train his tongue to twist and turn, and twit an twat, to learn the letter "T".

Letter appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Des, I lit up a cigarette lighter, a zany Nazareth GI letter a GI cap utilised.
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Usage statistics for the noun letter:

spoken English46.7%written English53.3% conversational speech49.61%task-oriented speech50.39% imaginative writing52.67%informational writing47.33%
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Fun fact! About 11% of the entire English language is the letter E.

Fun fact! If you were to write down the name of every English number in order (one, two, three, four…) you wouldn’t use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

Fun fact! Dermatoglyphics is the longest English word comprised entirely of different letters.

Fun fact! "Uncopyrightable" is the longest word in common use with no letter appearing more than once (15 letters).

Fun fact! "Unprosperousness" is the longest word in which no letter occurs only once (16 letters).

Fun fact! "Subdermatoglyphic" is the longest word with no letter appearing more than once (17 letters).

Fun fact! In its earliest known written record, the English alphabet had 29 letters.

Fun fact! The sentence "this sentence contains thirty-six letters" contains 36 letters.

Fun fact! The Cambodian alphabet has 74 letters.

Letter is sometimes a misspelling of later.

The word letter is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun letter

What does letter mean as a name of something?

Letter is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: letters

  1. a written message addressed to a person or organization
  2. the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
    • example: his grandmother taught him his letters
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of letter: alphabetic character / letter of the alphabet
    • more generic terms: character / graph / grapheme / graphic symbol = a written symbol that is used to represent speech
    • more specific terms:
      • ascender = a lowercase letter that has a part extending above other lowercase letters
      • descender = a lowercase letter that has a part extending below other lowercase letters
      • digraph / digram = two successive letters
      • initial = the first letter of a word
      • A = the 1st letter of the Roman alphabet
      • B = the 2nd letter of the Roman alphabet
      • C = the 3rd letter of the Roman alphabet
      • D = the 4th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • E = the 5th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • F = the 6th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • G = the 7th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • H = the 8th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • I = the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • J = the 10th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • K = the 11th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • L = the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • M = the 13th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • N = the 14th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • O = the 15th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • P = the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • Q = the 17th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • R = the 18th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • S = the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • T = the 20th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • U = the 21st letter of the Roman alphabet
      • V = the 22nd letter of the Roman alphabet
      • double-u / W = the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet
      • ex / X = the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • wye / Y = the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • izzard / ezed / zed / zee / Z = the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet
      • alpha = the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet
      • beta = the 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet
      • gamma = the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet
      • delta = the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • epsilon = the 5th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • zeta = the 6th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • eta = the 7th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • theta = the 8th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • iota = the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • kappa = the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • lambda = the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • mu = the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • nu = the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • xi = the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • omicron = the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • pi = the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • rho = the 17th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • sigma = the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • tau = the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • upsilon = the 20th letter of the Greek alphabet
      • phi = the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet
      • chi / khi = the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet
      • psi = the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet
      • omega = the last (24th) letter of the Greek alphabet
      • aleph = the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • beth = the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • gimel = the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • daleth = the 4th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • he = the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • waw = the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • zayin = the 7th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • heth = the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • teth = the 9th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • yodh = the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • kaph = the 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • lamedh = the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • mem = the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • nun = the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • samekh = the 15th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • ayin = the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • pe = the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • sadhe = the 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • qoph = the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • resh = the 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • sin = the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • shin = the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • taw = the 23rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
      • polyphonic letter / polyphone = a letter that has two or more pronunciations
      • block capital / block letter = a plain hand-drawn letter
      • vowel = a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
      • consonant = a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
    • part of: spelling = forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage
    • member of: alphabet = a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
  3. owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: owner / proprietor = someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
  4. a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention)
    • examples: he followed instructions to the letter | he obeyed the letter of the law
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic term: literal interpretation = an interpretation based on the exact wording
  5. an award earned by participation in a school sport

Alternative definition of the noun letter

noun

  1. A symbol in an alphabet, bookstave.
  2. A written message. See also note.
  3. Literal meaning.
  4. [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)
  5. [Canada, uncountable] A size of paper, 215 mm × 280 mm
  6. [US, scholastic] [short for, varsity letter]

Definition of the verb letter

What does letter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: lettered | lettering | letters

  1. win an athletic letter
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: earn / garner / win = acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
  2. set down or print with letters
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: impress / print = reproduce by printing
  3. mark letters on or mark with letters

Film

"Letter" is a 2013 documentary short film directed by Sergei Loznitsa.

Phrases with Letter

Phrases starting with the word Letter:

  1. Letter Art
  2. letter box
  3. letter bomb
  4. letter bond
  5. letter case

Phrases ending with the word Letter:

  1. air letter
  2. fan letter
  3. red-letter
  4. Sun Letter
  5. dead letter
  6. drop letter
  7. form letter
  8. love letter
  9. moon letter
  10. open letter
  11. black letter
  12. block letter
  13. chain letter
  14. cover letter
  15. crank letter

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Letter

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Google previewIndie Fonts 2

<>«» A letter is a designed area. It is a pattern made A letter is a designed area. It is a pattern made within a space. Its outlines have ...

Google previewSweet Reason (2011)

A Field Guide to Modern Logic by James M. Henle, Jay L. Garfield, Thomas Tymoczko

Wc, Mfe Pbda We say a letter is a 1-place predicate if it denotes a property of objects, like “ is a newt , ...

Google previewKey Topics in Critical Care, Second Edition (2004)

by T. M. Craft, M. J. A. Parr, Jerry P. Nolan

five-letter code (NBG code). The first letter refers to the paced chamber and the second ...

Google previewThe Grammar of English Orthography (101-)

by Goold Brown

Yet to say, with Lowth, Murray, Churchill, and a hundred others of inferior name, that, “A letter is the first principle or least part of a word...

Google previewThe Grammar of English Grammars, with an Introduction, Historical and Critical (1851)

The Whole Methodically Arranged and Amply Illustrated ... and a Key to the Oral Exercises : to which are Added Four Appendixes, Pertaining Separately to the Four Parts of Grammar by Goold Brown, Samuel U. Berrian

Yet to say, with Lowtb, Murray, Churchill, and a hundred others of inferior name, that, “A letter is the first principle or least part of a word,” is to utter...

Google previewBusiness Communication (2009)

by Thomas Means

Letters . K e y P P o 1 n t A business letter is a document used ...

Google previewLanguage Power (2013)

Dynamic Progression from Word to Message by Byron Renz

The résumé is the foundation; the cover letter is the superstructure.

The cover letter is a forward-looking document that addresses the way that you would approach each ofthe occupational needs described in a job vacancy notification.

Google previewBodies of War (2009)

World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933 by Lisa M. Budreau

The enclosed letter is a shock to the family.”34 evidently, the public's response was overwhelming, as an anxious communication from Washington attested in the spring of 1919: “This office is in receipt of many communications containing ...

Google previewLetter-writer's Vade-mecum and Dictionary Supplment (1908)

A Complete Handbook to the Epistolary Art by Robert D. Blackman

Attention to this latter precaution will often assist in deciphering the name of a town, and prevent the letter from being mis-sent when there are towns of the same name in different countries. Letters for well-known firms and persons in London ...

Google previewA Maldivian Dictionary (2003)

by Christopher Hanby Baillie Reynolds

letter. of. the. Maldivian. alphabet. 4634 ZAITUUNI...

the Maldivian letter Z 4645 ZAHARU ...

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Usage statistics about letter

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun letter:

spoken English46.7%written English53.3% conversational speech49.61%task-oriented speech50.39% imaginative writing52.67%informational writing47.33%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun letter:

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Quotes about Letter

It occurred to me in my junior year of high school. I got my first letter from a big college. I still have that letter to this day - a letter from Indiana. (Bo Jackson)
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Scrabble value of L1E1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LETTER

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