5. (Print.) A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
Under these buildings . . . was the king's printing house, and that famous letter so much esteemed.Evelyn.
6. pl. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters.
7. pl. A letter; an epistle. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Dead letter, Drop letter, etc. See under Dead, Drop, etc. Letter book, a book in which copies
of letters are kept. Letter box, a box for the reception of letters to be mailed or delivered. Letter
carrier, a person who carries letters; a postman; specif., an officer of the post office who carries letters
to the persons to whom they are addressed, and collects letters to be mailed. Letter cutter, one
who engraves letters or letter punches. Letter lock, a lock that can not be opened when fastened,
unless certain movable lettered rings or disks forming a part of it are in such a position (indicated by a
particular combination of the letters) as to permit the bolt to be withdrawn.
A strange lock that opens with AMEN.Beau. & Fl.
Letter paper, paper for writing letters on; especially, a size of paper intermediate between note paper
and foolscap. See Paper. Letter punch, a steel punch with a letter engraved on the end, used in
making the matrices for type. Letters of administration (Law), the instrument by which an administrator
or administratrix is authorized to administer the goods and estate of a deceased person. Letter of
attorney, Letter of credit, etc. See under Attorney, Credit, etc. Letter of license, a paper by
which creditors extend a debtor's time for paying his debts. Letters close or clause (Eng. Law.),
letters or writs directed to particular persons for particular purposes, and hence closed or sealed on
the outside; distinguished from letters patent. Burrill. Letters of orders (Eccl.), a document
duly signed and sealed, by which a bishop makes it known that he has regularly ordained a certain
person as priest, deacon, etc. Letters patent, overt, or open (Eng. Law), a writing executed and
sealed, by which power and authority are granted to a person to do some act, or enjoy some right; as,
letters patent under the seal of England. Letter-sheet envelope, a stamped sheet of letter paper
issued by the government, prepared to be folded and sealed for transmission by mail without an envelope.
Letters testamentary (Law), an instrument granted by the proper officer to an executor after probate
of a will, authorizing him to act as executor. Letter writer. (a) One who writes letters. (b) A machine
for copying letters. (c) A book giving directions and forms for the writing of letters.
(Let"ter) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lettered (-terd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lettering.] To impress with letters; to
mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.
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