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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 Dthe letter of the law formal the exact words of the law and not its more important general meaning
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letteradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈlet.ər/  us   /ˈlet̬.ɚ/ US
used to refer to a standard size of paper in the US, 8.5 inches by 11 inches: Fliers are usually printed either on letter size or legal size paper.
Translations of “letter”
in Arabic رِسالة, حَرْف…
in Korean 편지, 글자…
in Malaysian huruf, surat…
in French lettre…
in Turkish mektup, harf…
in Italian lettera…
in Chinese (Traditional) 資訊, 信,信件…
in Russian письмо, буква…
in Polish list, litera…
in Vietnamese chữ cái, thư…
in Spanish letra, carta…
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 Indonesian huruf, surat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 信息, 信,信件…
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