letterlet‧ter1 /ˈletə $ -ər/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1LETTERa written or printedmessage that is usually put in an envelope and sent by mailletter from/toI got a letter from Melanie today.Bart’s writing a letter to his parents. →chain letter, letter of credit, open letter2SLAa sign in writing or printing that represents a speech soundThere are 26 letters in the English alphabet.Fill in the form in capital letters (=written in their large form). →block letters3 →to the letter4 →the letter of the law5American EnglishSEDS a large clothletter that you sew onto a jacket, given as a reward for playing in a school or collegesportsteamMark got a letter in soccer.6 →English/American/German etc letters →dead letter, man of lettersCOLLOCATIONSverbsget a letter (also receive a letter formal)I got a letter from my mother.write a letterHe wrote a letter inviting her to visit.send a letterThe school sent a letter to all the children’s parents.post a letter British English, mail a letter American EnglishCould you post this letter for me?answer a letter/reply to a letterI never answered his letter.open a letterBill opened the letter and read it.read a letterMay I read her letter?a letter comes/arrivesA letter came for you today.a letter is addressed to somebody (=has their name and address on the envelope)The letter was addressed to Mr. John Appleby.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + letterlong/shortShe was thrilled to get a long letter from her son.formal/informalThe letter sounded very formal.a personal letterI don’t want him reading my personal letters.a business letterIn business letters you often use phrases such as ‘I would be grateful if ...’.an official letterI received an official letter thanking me for my enquiry.a love letterThe book had a copy of a love letter from King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.a thank-you letterMum made me write thank-you letters for all my birthday presents.a covering letter British English, a cover letter American English (=that you send with your CV to an employer)Always enclose a cover letter with your resume.phrasesa letter of thanks/introduction/complaint etcI finally got a letter of apology from the company.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘invitation letter’ or ‘complaint letter’. Say letter of invitation or letter of complaint.
letterletter2 verb1[transitive] to write, draw, paint etc letters or words on somethingThe card was neatly lettered P. A. DUFFY.be lettered in somethingSeveral pages are lettered in gold. Grammar Letter is usually passive in this meaning.2[intransitive] American EnglishSEDS to earn a letter1(5) in a sportletter inHe lettered in basketball at Brandeis.