Definition of open letter in US English:

open letter

noun

  • A letter, often critical, addressed to a particular person or group of people but intended for publication.

    • ‘The NGOs sent an open letter to the President, Parliament and all related public institutions.’
    • ‘During the Great Terror in the 1930s, the public wrote open letters expressing its hunger for blood.’
    • ‘Perhaps the half-forgotten genre of open letters written by notable intellectuals and artists in support of the government's policies was revived in part to help the authorities find suitable Public Chamber candidates.’
    • ‘The authors of the open letter do not address these questions.’
    • ‘Her advice is part of an open letter she has written in a Delhi newspaper on the eve of the team's departure for the grudge series.’
    • ‘He hauled a lawsuit-threatening lawyer into the picture and fired off open letters that pushed every possible button.’
    • ‘This week she wrote an open letter to our school newspaper asking whether they should still let Adam play on our baseball team.’
    • ‘It's an open letter to condescending reviewers of comics and mentions your name a couple of times.’
    • ‘The subsequent response by some of those youths and their parents has prompted me to write the following open letter.’
    • ‘Attendances have fallen, prompting captain Steve Price to write an open letter imploring fans to come along and support the team.’
    • ‘My frequent open letters to the Okeford Gazette have likewise come to no avail.’
    • ‘In open letters to Spanish newspapers and at a massive demonstration in downtown Madrid, Garzón decried the war as illegal, unnecessary, and almost certainly counterproductive in the pursuit of a more pro-Western Middle East.’
    • ‘Not satisfied with what she characterized as inadequate or ever changing responses, Lu decided to post open letters on the Internet to the general public.’
    • ‘That means somebody has to gather and distribute reliable information, organize petitions, demonstrations, and open letters, lobby the chancery and constituencies who might be able to wield some power.’
    • ‘He appended his name to an open letter that appeared in a Munich newspaper, denouncing Thomas Mann as being un-nationalistic.’
    • ‘‘It could only be considered a trend if banks are able to promptly meet demand to open letters of credit to enable importers to meet their commitments, rather than force them to collect their hard currency needs from the market,’ he said.’
    • ‘One of them, Leslie Hill, warned in an open letter to the community newspaper that the situation could put the foundation's work at risk.’
    • ‘The euro was dangerously premature, they argued in open letters published in major newspapers.’
    • ‘On 10 August 1548, the contest which all Italy wanted to see, for the correspondence between the two antagonists had taken the form of open letters, took place in the Church in the Garden of the Frati Zoccolanti in Milan.’
    • ‘Rigger specifically cited recent open letters run as newspaper advertisements condemning the dirty campaigning by both sides and bemoaning the failure to address meaningful issues.’

Pronunciation

open letter

/ˈōpən ˈledər//ˈoʊpən ˈlɛdər/