From Sicilian littra, from Latin littera. The initial l- was interpreted as the definite article (Maltese l- and/or Sicilian l’) and hence deleted. Compare the opposite development in ilma, lemin, etc.
ittra f (plural ittri)
- letter (of the alphabet)
- L-ittra Y ma tintużax fil-Malti.
- The letter Y is not used in Maltese.
- letter (missive)
- Ktibtilha ittra, imma ma weġbitx għaliha.
- I wrote her a letter, but she didn’t answer it.