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a. A written symbol or character representing a speech sound and being a component of an alphabet.
b. A written symbol or character used in the graphemic representation of a word, such as the h in Thames. See Note at Thames.
2. A written or printed communication directed to a person or organization.
3. often letters A certified document granting rights to its bearer.
4. Literal meaning: had to adhere to the letter of the law.
5. letters(used with a sing. verb)
a. Literary culture; belles-lettres.
b. Learning or knowledge, especially of literature.
c. Literature or writing as a profession.
6. Printing
a. A piece of type that prints a single character.
b. A specific style of type.
c. The characters in one style of type.
7. An emblem in the shape of the initial of a school awarded for outstanding performance, especially in varsity athletics.
v. let·tered, let·ter·ing, let·ters
1. To write letters on: lettered the paper.
2. To write in letters: lettered our name on the mailbox.
1. To write or form letters.
2. 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.

[Middle English, from Old French lettre, from Latin littera, perhaps from Etruscan, from Greek diphtherā, hide, leather, writing surface.]

let′ter·er n.
Synonyms: letter, epistle, memorandum, missive, note
These nouns denote a written communication directed to another: received a letter of complaint; the Epistles of the New Testament; a memorandum outlining the attendance policy; a missive of condolence; a thank-you note.
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Noun1.letterer - a painter of letters
painter - a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint
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It actually takes six people to complete a single book: a writer, penciller, colorist, letterer and editor who can come from anywhere in the world.
A 2004 Comic Book Hall of Fame enshrinee, Robinson (1922-2011) began work on "Batman" as an inker and letterer in 1939, when the comic was in its infancy, and is widely credited with co-creating the two iconic characters, along with "Alfred" the butler and the villain "Two-Face.
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The renowned letterer and Arts and Crafts champion Johnston invented a sans-serif design in 1916 for the printing and signage of the London Underground railroad.
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Then it went to a colorist, who would paint the panels and send the page to a letterer, who would hand-write every word of dialogue and exposition.
Decades ago, Lee introduced credit panels naming everybody involved in crafting a comic--not just writer and penciller, but inker and letterer, too.