missive

A missive usually refers to the old-school style of hand-written communication on paper (remember that?), but these days you also might hear an email called a missive, too. No matter how you deliver it, a missive is a message.

The noun missive comes from the Latin word missus, meaning "to send." You may have heard the phrase, "fire off a missive," meaning a note, memo or dispatch that was written and sent with urgency and conveyed an important message. It might have been a missive sent from a commander to the troops, telling them of a change in the battle plan. Or, maybe it was an urgent love letter to the commander's wife back home, telling her to tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree...

DEFINITIONS OF: missive

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n a written message addressed to a person or organization

Synonyms:
letter
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business letter
a letter dealing with business
cover letter, covering letter
a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
crank letter
a hostile (usually anonymous) letter
encyclical, encyclical letter
a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
fan letter
a letter that is a piece of fan mail
personal letter
a letter dealing with personal affairs
form letter
a letter that is printed in multiple copies and mailed to a list of recipients
open letter
a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public
chain letter
a letter that is sent successively to several people
pastoral
a letter from a pastor to the congregation
round robin
a letter signed by a number of people
aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter
a letter sent by air mail
epistle
a specially long, formal letter
dead letter, dead mail
mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
letter of intent
any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action
invitation
a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
billet, line, note, short letter
a short personal letter
billet doux, love letter
a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection
bidding, summons
a request to be present
invite
a colloquial expression for invitation
investment letter
a letter of intent saying that a letter security is being bought for investment and not for resale; avoids need for SEC registration
Type of:
document
anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
text, textual matter
the words of something written
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