Definition of letterbox in English:


Syllabification: let·ter·box
Pronunciation: /ˈletərˌbäks


  • 1(Chiefly in the UK) a mailbox.
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    • I attracted a family of dusky flycatchers to an old letter box attached to a wall three metres or so off the ground.
    • A firework was pushed through the letter box of the building and set fire to items of mail, causing smoke damage to the building on Owen Road.
    • Its only connection seems to be that it has a phone box in front, and a letter box set in the wall.
  • 1.1 [usually as modifier] A format for presenting widescreen films on a standard television screen in which the image is displayed in approximately its original proportions across the middle of the screen, leaving horizontal black bands above and below: this uncut version is presented in letterbox format
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    • Naturally, you can pop in your DVD movies and watch them in 16: 10 widescreen letterbox format on the gorgeous LCD display.
    • The special features are presented in a letterbox format (I hesitate to use widescreen in this case), though they are not anamorphic.
    • Unfortunately, VOD probably won't offer movies in letterbox format with extra goodies like DVDs do.


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  • Record (a widescreen film) onto video in letterbox format.
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    • Note, however, that clips from widescreen films are not letterboxed, but are instead presented in pan and scan format.
    • The video transfer is slightly letterboxed and non-anamorphic, and looks about as ugly as any DVD I have ever seen.
    • Miramax's Region 1 version possesses a pristine transfer, and is widescreen letterboxed in the aspect ratio 1: 1.66.

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