One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a gold chain which spelled out Zara in half-inch letters’
alphabetical character, character, sign, symbol, mark, type, figure, device, rune
2‘she received a letter from the king’
written message, message, written communication, communication, note, line, missive, epistle, dispatch, report, bulletin
correspondence, news, information, intelligence, word
3letters‘a man of letters’
learning, scholarship, erudition, education, knowledge, book learning, academic training
intellect, intelligence, enlightenment, illumination, wisdom, sagacity, culture, cultivation
literature, books, humanities, belles-lettres
‘he followed her instructions to the letter’
strictly, precisely, exactly, accurately, closely, faithfully, religiously, punctiliously, literally, with a literal interpretation, with strict attention to detail, word for word, letter for letter, verbatim, in every detail, by the book
in general terms, approximately
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