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LETTER (through Fr. lettre from Lat. littera or litera, letter of the alphabet; the origin of the Latin word is obscure; it has probably no connexion with the root of linere, to smear, i.e. with wax, for an inscription with a stilus), a character or symbol expressing any one of the elementary sounds into which a spoken word may be analysed, one of the members of an alphabet. As applied to things written, the word follows mainly the meanings of the Latin plural litterae, the most common meaning attaching to the word being that of a written communication from one person to another, an epistle. For the means adopted to secure the transmission of letters see Post And Postal Service.

The word is also, particularly in the plural, applied to many legal and formal written documents, as in letters patent, letters rogatory and dismissory, &c. The Latin use of the plural is also followed in the employment of "letters" in the sense of literature (q.v.) or learning.


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Noun

Letter f. (genitive Letter, plural Lettern)

  1. a type in typesetting
    der Buchdruck mit beweglichen Lettern
  2. large or decorated letter as used for book covers, headlines, signs, and inscriptions
    An der Tür prangte in goldenen Lettern sein Name.

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in Rom. 2:27, 29 means the outward form. The "oldness of the letter" (7:6) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules of conduct. In 2 Cor. 3:6, "the letter" means the Mosaic law as a written law. (See WRITING.)

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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[[File:|thumb|A printed page showing different alphabets, fonts and sizes. This one is from 1728]]

A letter can be different things:

  • In some languages, for example English, we write a "letter" for all the sounds of the alphabet: when we write A, B, C, D etc, these are letters, or "letters of the alphabet".
Jenny has learned three letters of the alphabet at school.
Please write your name in big letters.
  • In the USA, "letters" are also letters of the alphabet which people put on sports clothes. They show that the person is in a school sports team.

There is a paper format called Letter or US Letter. It is mainly used in the United States (see Paper size). Most other countries use the DIN paper sizes. The most common DIN paper size is A4.

Letters of the alphabet

The Latin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd
Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj
Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp
Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv
Ww Xx Yy Zz

In some languages, for example English, we write a "letter" for all the sounds of the alphabet: when we write A, B, C, D etc, these are letters, or "letters of the alphabet". Other languages do not use letters for writing: Chinese, for example, uses "ideograms".

In English and many other languages, the smallest part of writing is the letter. We use letters to make words. In some languages, for example Spanish, there is usually one letter for one sound (or better: for one phoneme, the smallest part of speech). This is easy to read. In other languages, for example English, we can use several letters for one sound, or one letter for several sounds. This is difficult for learners to read. Here are some examples:

Spanish: feliz has 5 letters and 5 sounds.
English: happy has 5 letters and 4 sounds.
In English we use the "a" in "happy" for three sounds:
a = /æ/ (pad) OR /ɑ/ (bar) OR /Ej/ (cake)
In Spanish we use the "a" for one sound:
a = /a/ (gato)

English, French, Spanish and many other languages use the Latin alphabet for writing. In this alphabet there are often two different letters for a sound. For example, "A" and "a". In other alphabets, for example the Cyrillic alphabet, there is only one letter for a sound. The letters are: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Latin alphabet: D d
Cyrillic alphabet: Д д

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