letter

n.

  1. One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire.
  2. One who retards or hinders.
  3. A mark or character used as the representative of a sound, or of an articulation of the human organs of speech; a first element of written language.
  4. A written or printed communication; a message expressed in intelligible characters on something adapted to conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle.
  5. A writing; an inscription.
  6. Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact signification or requirement.
  7. A single type; type, collectively; a style of type.
  8. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters.
  9. A letter; an epistle.

v. t.

  1. To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered.