What does LITERARY mean?

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ˈlɪt əˌrɛr iLITERARY

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. literary(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of literature

    "literary criticism"

  2. literary(adj)

    knowledgeable about literature

    "a literary style"

  3. literary(adj)

    appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

    "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"


  1. literary(Adjective)

    Relating to literature.

  2. literary(Adjective)

    Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.

  3. literary(Adjective)

    Knowledgeable of literature or writing.

  4. literary(Adjective)

    Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.

  5. literary(Adjective)


  6. Origin: From littéraire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literary(adj)

    of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation

  2. Literary(adj)

    versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man

  3. Origin: [L. litterarius, literarius, fr. littera, litera, a letter: cf. F. littraire. See Letter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Literary

    lit′ėr-ar-i, adj. belonging to letters or learning: skilled in learning.—n. Lit′eracy, state of being literate:—opp. to Illiteracy.—adj. Lit′erāte, acquainted with letters of learning: learned.—n. one educated, but not having taken a university degree, esp. a candidate for holy orders who has not been at a university.—n.pl. Literā′tī, men of letters, the learned (sing. forms, Literā′tus, Literä′to).—adv. Literā′tim, letter for letter: without the change of a letter.—n. Literā′tor, a dabbler in learning: a man of letters, a literary man—sometimes in the French form Littérateur.—adj. Lit′erose, distinctively literary.—n. Literos′ity. [L. literarius.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LITERARY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2886

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LITERARY' in Adjectives Frequency: #402

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How to say LITERARY in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LITERARY in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LITERARY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of LITERARY in a Sentence

  1. Addy Baird:

    It sort of feels like a historic literary moment.

  2. George Eliot, a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans:

    Excessive literary production is a social offense.

  3. Henry Reese:

    Their literary writing was the cause of their persecution.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

  5. Erma Bombeck:

    Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.

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