letter ( letters plural & 3rd person present, plural) ( lettering present participle) ( lettered past tense & past participle )
1 n-count If you write a letter to someone, you write a message on paper and send it to them, usually by post.
also by N
I had received a letter from a very close friend., ...a letter of resignation..., Our long courtship had been conducted mostly by letter.
2 n-count Letters are written symbols which represent one of the sounds in a language.
...the letters of the alphabet., ...the letter E.
3 n-count If a student earns a letter in sports or athletics by being part of the university or college team, they are entitled to wear on their jacket the initial letter of the name of their university or college.
Valerie earned letters in three sports: volleyball, basketball, and field hockey.
4 verb If a student letters in sports or athletics by being part of the university or college team, they are entitled to wear on their jacket the initial letter of the name of their university or college.
Burkoth lettered in soccer. V prep
6 If you say that someone carries out instructions to the letter, you mean that they do exactly what they are told to do, paying great attention to every detail.
to the letter phrase PHR after v She obeyed his instructions to the letter.
begging letter ( begging letters plural ) A begging letter is a letter from a person or organization in which they ask you to send some money for a particular purpose.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
I wrote hundreds of begging letters to charities and businesses.
capital letter ( capital letters plural ) Capital letters are the same as capitals. n-count
chain letter ( chain letters plural ) A chain letter is a letter, often with a promise of money, that is sent to several people who send copies on to several more people. Chain letters are illegal in some countries. n-count
covering letter ( covering letters plural ) A covering letter is a letter that you send with a parcel or with another letter in order to provide extra information.
in AM, use cover letter
cover letter ( cover letters plural ) A cover letter is the same as a covering letter.
dead letter ( dead letters plural ) If you say that a law or agreement is a dead letter, you mean that it still exists but people ignore it. n-count
No one does anything about it and the law becomes a dead letter.
four-letter word ( four-letter words plural ) A four-letter word is a short word that people consider to be rude or offensive, usually because it refers to sex or other bodily functions. n-count
letter bomb ( letter bombs plural ) A letter bomb is a small bomb which is disguised as a letter or parcel and sent to someone through the post. It is designed to explode when it is opened. n-count
letter of credit ( letters of credit plural )
1 n-count A letter of credit is a letter written by a bank authorizing another bank of pay someone a sum of money. Letters of credit are often used by importers and exporters. (BUSINESS)
2 n-count A letter of credit is a written promise from a bank stating that they will repay bonds to lenders if the borrowers is unable to pay them. (BUSINESS)
The project is being backed by a letter of credit from Lasalle Bank.
love letter ( love letters plural ) A love letter is a letter that you write to someone in order to tell them that you love them. n-count
open letter ( open letters plural ) An open letter is a letter that is published in a newspaper or magazine. It is addressed to a particular person but is intended for the general reader, usually in order to protest or give an opinion about something. n-count
The Lithuanian parliament also sent an open letter to the United Nations.
poison-pen letter ( poison-pen letters plural ) A poison-pen letter is an unpleasant unsigned letter which is sent in order to upset someone or to cause trouble. n-count
red-letter day ( red-letter days plural ) A red-letter day is a day that you will always remember because something good happens to you then. n-count