Definition of letter in English:
- Three of its vowels are each represented by a letter of the alphabet.
- If three letters together represent a single sound, they constitute a trigraph, such as tch in catch and sch in schmaltz.
- A group of eight bits makes up a byte, which can represent many types of information, such as a letter of the alphabet or decimal character.
- They fawned over him just because he had a good smile, a fancy car, and a varsity letter jacket.
- Some appear to have just discovered grunge; others wear navy-colored jackets with red sports letters.
- Throughout school, he also pursued sports, earning a varsity letter in wrestling while at Harvard.
- I must have written him a letter, because he sent me a postcard in reply.
- We'll stick to the big social events and if people want other things in these pages they can write letters and send us pictures.
- He also sent out the letter before he wrote it (according to the date).
- Museum directors and trustees are required to honor the letter and spirit of benefactors' wishes.
- It is up to Bulgarians to honour the letter and spirit of the country's constitution, or to amend that very constitution if a need to do so is felt.
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- Horse racing is big in New Zealand, and, before the advent of electronic displays, the bookmakers lettered horses' names on white wooden boards in heavy black sans-serif characters.
- Yet the names of donors are lettered on the walls, museum-style.
- The name has been professionally lettered on in bright letters.
- In high school, she lettered in five sports - soccer, track, basketball, softball, and, with the boys, football.
- I finished out the year, actually lettering in the sport.
- I did, however, join the golf team for one year in high school just so I could say I had lettered in a team sport.
English adopted letter from Old French in the 13th century. Its ultimate source is Latin lit(t)era, from which literal (Late Middle English), literature (Late Middle English), and alliteration (early 17th century) also derive—the Latin word meant ‘written communication or message’ as well as ‘letter of the alphabet’, and both senses came over into English. The phrase to the letter ‘to the last detail’ has a parallel in French au pied de la lettre, which people of a literary bent have also used in English. See also alphabet
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- With adherence to every detail: the method was followed to the letterMore example sentences
- It is a case where a strict adherence to the letter would involve an error in substance.
- He says his intention is to highlight the absurdities and deceptions in consumer culture by following its rules to the letter.
- The council stands by its decision, insisting that the consultation process has been followed to the letter.
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