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drop letter

noun
1. : a letter mailed at a post office not having carrier service and addressed locally to someone who is to call for it at the same office
2. Canada : a letter mailed at or in the delivery area of the same post office from which it will be delivered
3. : an initial letter (as at the beginning of a chapter in a book) that extends downward to a depth of two or more text lines

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a letter that is mailed to a local address at a post office without city delivery or a rural delivery service and must be picked up by the addressee.
[1835-45, Amer.]

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drop letter,
U.S. a letter to be delivered from or by the same post office in which it is posted.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Drop letter — Drop Drop (dr[o^]p), n. [OE. drope, AS. dropa; akin to OS. dropo, D. drop, OHG. tropo, G. tropfen, Icel. dropi, Sw. droppe; and Fr. AS. dre[ o]pan to drip, drop; akin to OS. driopan, D. druipen, OHG. triofan, G. triefen, Icel. drj[=u]pa. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drop letter — Letter Let ter, n. [OE. lettre, F. lettre, OF. letre, fr. L. littera, litera, a letter; pl., an epistle, a writing, literature, fr. linere, litum, to besmear, to spread or rub over; because one of the earliest modes of writing was by graving the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drop letter — A letter mailed for local delivery at a post office that has neither city delivery nor collection and delivery by a rural carrier or highway contract route carrier. Letters are picked up by the addressees …   Glossary of postal terms

  • drop-letter — dropˈ lettˈer noun (old US) A letter left at a post office merely for local delivery • • • Main Entry: ↑drop …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop letter — letter posted and the delivered from same post office …   English contemporary dictionary

  • drop letter — noun a) A letter mailed at a post office and either kept for general delivery, or delivered to a post office box, at that same post office. b) A large letter at the beginning of a line of text, positioned in a decorative way below the baseline of …   Wiktionary

  • drop letter — a letter that is mailed to a local address at a post office without city delivery or a rural delivery service and must be picked up by the addressee. [1835 45, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • drop-letter — A letter addressed for delivery in the same city or district in which it is posted …   Black's law dictionary

  • drop letter — A letter posted for delivery by the local post office …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Drop — (dr[o^]p), n. [OE. drope, AS. dropa; akin to OS. dropo, D. drop, OHG. tropo, G. tropfen, Icel. dropi, Sw. droppe; and Fr. AS. dre[ o]pan to drip, drop; akin to OS. driopan, D. druipen, OHG. triofan, G. triefen, Icel. drj[=u]pa. Cf. {Drip},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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