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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [let-er]
    • /ˈlɛt ər/
    • /ˈlet.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [let-er]
    • /ˈlɛt ər/

Definitions of letters word

  • noun letters a person who lets, especially one who rents out property. 1
  • verb with object letters to mark or write with letters; inscribe. 1
  • verb without object letters to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport: He lettered in track at Harvard. 1
  • idioms letters to the letter, to the last particular; precisely: His orders were carried out to the letter. 1
  • noun letters Plural form of letter. 1
  • noun letters literary knowledge, ability, or learning 0

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Origin of letters

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English, variant of lettre < Old French < Latin littera alphabetic character, in plural, epistle, literature

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Parts of speech for Letters


letters popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

letters usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for letters

noun letters

  • literature — writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays.
  • culture — Culture consists of activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilization and of people's minds.
  • cultivation — the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
  • knowledge — acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
  • education — the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

Antonyms for letters

noun letters

  • numbers — a numeral or group of numerals.

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