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[let-er-hed] /ˈlɛt ərˌhɛd/
a printed heading on stationery, especially one giving the name and address of a business concern, an institution, etc.
a sheet of paper with such a heading.
Origin of letterhead
1885-90; letter1 + head Unabridged
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  • It was on the letterhead of Eight Colors, and it contained no message.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Mern jerked away the paper, noting that its letterhead was his own.

  • He puzzled over the Arabic in the letterhead, realizing the address must be given there.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He compared the letterhead number and the number on the door.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Tomaso had seen the letterhead of that correspondence school, and had just accidentally mentioned it.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • It was written on headquarters' letterhead and spoke disrespectfully of Mr. Lincoln, the Commander-in-Chief.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • He placed the lamp where the light fell full upon the paper and studied the letterhead for several minutes, scowling.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • Uh—I just got a glimpse of the letterhead, and it didn't register with me.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Let fall a drop of ink on each of several pieces of white paper, letterhead size.

    Power of Mental Imagery Warren Hilton
British Dictionary definitions for letterhead


a sheet of paper printed with one's address, name, etc, for writing a letter on
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for letterhead

1868, short for letterheading (1867); from letter (n.1) + head (n.). So called because it was printed at the "head" of the piece of paper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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