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"letter" in British English

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letternoun [C]

uk   /ˈlet.ər/  us   /ˈlet̬.ɚ/
  • letter noun [C] (MESSAGE)

A1 a written ​message from one ​person to another, usually put in an ​envelope and ​sent by ​post: I got a letter from the ​bank this ​morning.

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  • letter noun [C] (SYMBOL)

A2 any of the set of ​symbols used to write a ​language, ​representing a ​sound in the ​language: the letter D
the letter of the law formal
the ​exact words of the ​law and not ​its more ​importantgeneralmeaning

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letteradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈlet.ər/  us   /ˈlet̬.ɚ/ US
used to refer to a ​standardsize of ​paper in the US, 8.5 ​inches by 11 ​inches: Fliers are usually ​printed either on letter ​size or ​legalsizepaper.
(Definition of letter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"letter" in American English

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letternoun [C]

 us   /ˈlet̬·ər/
  • letter noun [C] (MESSAGE)

a written or ​printedmessage from one ​person to another, usually put in an ​envelope and ​delivered as ​mail: I got a letter from the ​bank this ​morning.
  • letter noun [C] (SYMBOL)

any of the set of ​symbols used to write a ​language, in many ​languages, ​representing a ​sound in the ​language: She ​wrote her ​name on the ​board in ​large letters.
(Definition of letter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"letter" in Business English

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letternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈletər/
COMMUNICATIONS a written ​message from one ​person to another, usually put in an ​envelope and ​sent by ​mail: by letter You will receive an ​acknowledgement by letter.get/receive a letter (from sb) I got a letter from my ​lawyer this morning.deliver/post/send a letter I ​sent a letter about the problem to HQ last week.draft/write/sign a letter The letter was ​signed by the ​managingdirector.reply to/acknowledge/answer a letter I ​wrote to the ​company but they did not ​evenacknowledge my letter.a confirmation/rejection/warning letter You will receive a ​confirmation letter within 10 ​working days.an accompanying/a covering letter Please ​findenclosed my CV and a ​covering letter.a formal/an informal letter He ​wrote a ​formal letter of ​resignation. The letter was ​addressed to John Clarke. a letter ​dated 3rd March 2010
any of the set of ​symbols used to write a ​language, ​representing a ​sound in the ​language: the letter D an upper-case/lower-case letter (= A/a or B/b)
the letter of the law formal
LAW the ​exact words of a ​law and not its more important ​generalmeaning: The ​bank was ​operating within the letter of the ​law.
to the letter
if you obey ​instructions or ​rules to the letter, you do exactly what you have been told to do, giving great ​attention to every detail: I ​followed the ​instructions to the letter and it still went wrong.

letteradjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈletər/
US →  letter-size
(Definition of letter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “letter”
in Korean 편지, 글자…
in Arabic رِسالة, حَرْف…
in Malaysian huruf, surat…
in French lettre…
in Russian письмо, буква…
in Chinese (Traditional) 資訊, 信,信件…
in Italian lettera…
in Turkish mektup, harf…
in Polish list, litera…
in Spanish letra, carta…
in Vietnamese chữ cái, thư…
in Portuguese carta, letra…
in Thai ตัวอักษร, จดหมาย…
in German der Buchstabe, der Brief…
in Catalan carta, lletra…
in Japanese 手紙, 文字…
in Chinese (Simplified) 信息, 信,信件…
in Indonesian huruf, surat…
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