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covering letter

noun
1.
a letter that accompanies another letter, a package, or the like, to explain, commend, etc.
Also, cover letter.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for cover-letter

covering letter

noun
1.
an accompanying letter sent as an explanation, introduction, or record
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