letter

letter
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. character, symbol; cuneiform, hieroglyphic; capital, majuscule; small letter, minuscule; consonant, vowel, digraph, diphthong; missive, note. See writing, communication.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A unit of the alphabet]
Syn. character, digraph, diphthong, capital, cap*, upper case, lower case, LC*, l.c.*, small letter, majuscule, minuscule, rune, uncial, alphabet, logotype, ligature; see also consonant , vowel .
The Greek letters are: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu, Xi, omicron, pi, rho, sigma, tau, upsilon, phi, chi, psi, omega.
2. [A written communication]
Syn. note, epistle, missive, message, billet*, memorandum, report, line*; see also word 3 .
Types of letters include: business, form, circular, drop, open, chain, cover, fan, love, personal; letter of credit, letter of resignation, billet-doux, postcard, postal, direct mail advertising, junk mail*.
to the letter,
Syn. just as written, just as directed, perfectly, precisely; see exactly .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
note, dispatch, message, missive, communication, memo, reply, acknowledgement, billet-doux, *fax. ''Servant of parted friends. —Charles Eliot. ''An unannounced visit. —Friedrich Neitzsche.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A written communication directed to another: epistle, missive, note. See WORDS.

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  • letter — letter1 [let′ər] n. [ME lettre < OFr < L littera, letter of the alphabet, (in pl.) a letter, epistle] 1. a written or printed symbol employed to represent a speech sound or sounds; character in an alphabet: in some languages, as English,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Letter — Sf erw. fach. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. In Anlehnung an frz. lettre umgebildet aus älterem Litter, das in mittelhochdeutscher Zeit aus l. littera Buchstabe entlehnt ist (frz. lettre ist dessen lautgerechter Nachfolger). Die Herkunft des lateinischen… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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