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English noun: letter

1. letter (communication) a written message addressed to a person or organization

SamplesMailed an indignant letter to the editor.


Broader (hypernym)document, text, textual matter

Narrower (hyponym)aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter, business letter, chain letter, cover letter, covering letter, crank letter, dead letter, dead mail, encyclical, encyclical letter, epistle, fan letter, form letter, invitation, letter of intent, open letter, pastoral, personal letter, round robin

Part holonymaddress, destination, line, name and address, postscript, PS

Part meronymcorrespondence, mail

2. letter (communication) the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech

SamplesHis grandmother taught him his letters.

Synonymsalphabetic character, letter of the alphabet

Broader (hypernym)character, grapheme, graphic symbol

Narrower (hyponym)A, aleph, alpha, ascender, ayin, B, beta, beth, block capital, block letter, C, chi, consonant, D, daleth, delta, descender, digram, digraph, double-u, E, epsilon, eta, ex, ezed, F, G, gamma, gimel, H, he, heth, I, initial, iota, izzard, J, K, kaph, kappa, khi, L, lambda, lamedh, M, mem, mu, N, nu, nun, O, omega, omicron, P, pe, phi, pi, polyphone, polyphonic letter, psi, Q, qoph, R, resh, rho, S, sadhe, samekh, shin, sigma, sin, T, tau, taw, teth, theta, U, upsilon, V, vowel, W, waw, wye, X, xi, Y, yodh, Z, zayin, zed, zee, zeta

Part meronymspelling

Member meronymalphabet

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

Broader (hypernym)owner, proprietor

4. letter (communication) a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention)

SamplesHe followed instructions to the letter.
He obeyed the letter of the law.

Broader (hypernym)literal interpretation

5. letter (communication) an award earned by participation in a school sport

SamplesHe won letters in three sports.

Synonymsvarsity letter

Broader (hypernym)accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels

English verb: letter

1. letter (possession) win an athletic letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)earn, garner

2. letter (creation) set down or print with letters

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)impress, print

3. letter (creation) mark letters on or mark with letters

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)write

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