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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Letts \Letts\ (l[e^]ts), n. pl.; sing. Lett (l[e^]t). (Ethnol.) An Indo-European people, allied to the Lithuanians and Old Prussians, and inhabiting a part of the Baltic provinces of Russia.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1831, from German Lette, from Old High German liuti "people" (German Leute). The native name is Latvji (see Latvia). Related: Lettic; Lettish.


Lett may refer to:

  • Lett, archaic word for Latvian
    • Lettish, another name for the Latvian language

Lett as a surname may refer to the following:

  • Barbara Lett-Simmons (born 1927), American politician
  • Benjamin Lett (1813–1858), Irish-Canadian filibusterer
  • Dan Lett, Canadian actor
  • David Lett (1939-2008), founder and winemaker for The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon
  • Evelyn Lett (1896-1999), Canadian women's rights pioneer
  • Henry William Lett (1836–1920), Irish botanist
  • Leon Lett (born 1968), former American Football defensive tackle
  • Michael Lett (born 1987), Rugby League player who plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition
  • Sherwood Lett (1895–1964), Canadian soldier, lawyer, diplomat, and jurist
  • Lett's Brewery (officially Mill Park Brewery), a beer manufacturer based in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland

Usage examples of "lett".

West systematically abused his daughter, as determined to subjugate her as he had been to subjugate Rosemary Letts.

Miss A had almost certainly told Graham Letts that she had been abused by her father and her brother at the age of twelve, and she may well have told Rosemary West exactly the same thing during their conversations in Cromwell Street.

I haue longe mused by my self of the sore confounded and vncertayne cours of mannys lyfe, and thinges therto belonginge: at the last I haue by my vigilant meditacion found and noted many degrees of errours: wherby mankynd wandreth from the way of trouth I haue also noted that many wyse men and wel lettred haue writen right fruteful doctrines: wherby they haue heled these dyseses and intollerable perturbacions of the mynde: and the goostly woundes therof, moche better than Esculapius which was fyrst Inuentour of Phesyke and amonge the Gentyles worshypped as a God.

In tyme also of these Phylosophers sprange the florisshynge age of Poetes: whiche amonge lettred men had nat smal rowme and place.

But syns it is so that nowe in our dayes ar so many neglygent and folysshe peple that they ar almost innumerable whiche despisynge the loue of vertue: folowe the blyndenes and vanyte of this worlde: it was expedient that of newe some lettred man, wyse, and subtil of wyt shulde awake and touche ye open vices of foles that now lyue: and blame theyr abhomynable lyfe.

After three weeks in a home for troubled teenagers in Cheltenham, Rosemary Letts announced that she was now prepared to have the abortion.

Far from being someone whom Rosemary Letts had never met, as she would insist at her trial, Rena West had shared with her the caravan at Lake House, the room at Clarence Road in Cheltenham, and the flat at Midland Road from time to time.

The Letts, who inhabit the Governments of Courland, Vitebsk, Livonia, Kovno, Pskov, and St.

Then immediately they were all surprized to see him hold up his head wch he lett hang on one side before like a drooping calfe and speake as loud and clear as the ministre, to whom he said with a cheerful air hee was glad to see him, that hee need not question butt that hee would dye like a Christian and patiently too.

There were about ten thousand of them, fighting men from every corner of Europe — swarthy Letts, pixie-haired Poles, mustached Germans, Italians with rings in their ears, Frenchmen with marcelled hair, Scotsmen with tufted eyebrows.

The Letts are especially skilled in building windmills and water mills.