A written symbol or character representing a speech sound and being a component of an alphabet. A written symbol or character used in the graphemic representation of a word, such as the h in Thames. See Note at Thames. A written or printed communication directed to a person or organization. A certified document granting rights to its bearer. Often used in the plural. Literal meaning: had to adhere to the letter of the law. Literary culture; belles-lettres. Learning or knowledge, especially of literature. Literature or writing as a profession. Printing A piece of type that prints a single character. Printing A specific style of type. Printing The characters in one style of type. An emblem in the shape of the initial of a school awarded for outstanding performance, especially in varsity athletics. To write letters on. To write in letters. To write or form letters. To earn a school letter, as for outstanding athletic achievement: She lettered in three collegiate sports. to the letter To the last detail; exactly: followed instructions to the letter.