Definitions for illiterateɪˈlɪt ər ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

il•lit•er•ate*ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt(adj.)

  1. unable to read and write.

  2. having or demonstrating little education.

  3. showing lack of culture.

  4. displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field:

    musically illiterate.

  5. (n.)an illiterate person.

* Syn: See ignorant.

Origin of illiterate:

1550–60; < L illiterātus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. illiterate, illiterate person, nonreader(adj)

    a person unable to read

  2. illiterate(adj)

    not able to read or write

  3. ignorant, illiterate(adj)

    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

    "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"

  4. illiterate(adj)

    lacking culture, especially in language and literature

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. illiterate(adjective)ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt

    not able to read or write

    an illiterate population


  1. illiterate(Noun)

    an illiterate person, one not able to read.

  2. illiterate(Adjective)

    Unable to read and write.

  3. illiterate(Adjective)

    Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.

  4. illiterate(Adjective)

    Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.

  5. Origin: Recorded in English since 1556, from illitteratus 'unlearned, ignorant', itself from in- 'un-' + litteratus, literally "furnished with letters" (from littera 'letter, character')

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illiterate(adj)

    ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people

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unable to read and write.

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