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[let-er-boks] /ˈlɛt ərˌbɒks/
Also, letter box. Chiefly British. a public or private mailbox.
a technique for displaying a wide-screen film on a regular-format television screen by reducing its size but retaining the aspect ratio, with black bands filling the screen above and below the picture.
Compare pan and scan.
Origin of letterbox
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for letter box

letter box

noun (mainly Brit)
  1. a slot, usually covered with a hinged flap, through which letters, etc, are delivered to a building
  2. a private box into which letters, etc, are delivered
Also called postbox. a public box into which letters, etc, are put for collection and delivery
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Slang definitions & phrases for letter box



To show a wide-screen movie on the television screen by reducing its size and putting black bars above and below: Today we'll see a wide-format, letterboxed edition, which is rarely telecast/ ''letterboxing,'' which retains theatrical images on a rectangular shape (1990s+ Television)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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