from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Educated to read and write; literate.
  • adj. Highly educated; learned.
  • adj. Of or relating to literacy or learning.
  • adj. Inscribed or marked with or as if with letters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Literate (able to read writing in letters).
  • adj. Educated, especially having a degree (entitled to put an abbreviation such as BS, MA, PhD, MD after a signature).
  • v. Simple past of letter.
  • v. Past participle of letter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Literate; educated; versed in literature.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to learning or literature; learned.
  • adj. Inscribed or stamped with letters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literate; educated; versed in literature or science.
  • Of or pertaining to learning; marked by or devoted to literary culture: as, lettered ease or retirement.
  • In zoology and botany, marked as if with letters; having spots which look like letters, or make the surface seem to be written over: as, the lettered tortoise (Emys scripta); the lettered chinamark (Diasemia literalis, small brown British moth).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. highly educated; having extensive information or understanding


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  • FEMA managers smiled like the cavalry had come in; men in lettered jackets began directing men in hunting fatigues to various quadrants of the city.

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  • Toward the center of the island, well apart from each other on higher ground partially hidden by brush and trees, I could see a couple of frame houses, one of them in tumbledown condition; unpaved access roads led up to each property, and at the foot of each drive was a mailbox with a name lettered on it.


  • The answer was on his lips even before his eyes discovered the boat she carried on top of the fo'c'sle, with her name lettered upon it.

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  • Look at the lettering -- that is, the labels lettered with the titles of books -- in all libraries that are not of recent date.

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  • But some of that detail-what is Mamet eating? and what is the word lettered on the doll he's clutching?

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  • Anya noticed that the dog heads were wearing collars: a pink one with a dangling rhinestone tag that said Princess; a camouflage collar stenciled with the name Grumpy; a black leather collar that had the word Bashful lettered on it in silver charms.


  • Envelope with my name carefully lettered in the handwriting I had long since learned to identify as Old Person, Angry.

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  • All cases should be numbered and lettered, that is, each section should have a number, and each shelf a letter.

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  • I said, running my finger down the side of the box, over the "lettered" relief.

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  • But he didn't have the qualification that all "lettered" men had: a good knowledge of Latin.

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