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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.


Synonymsmissive


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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