What does illiterate mean?

Definitions for illiterateɪˈlɪt ər ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illiterate.

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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illiterate

    il-lit′ėr-āt, adj. not learned: uninstructed: ignorant.—n.pl. a term used to designate those persons who are unable to read or write or both.—adv. Illit′erately.—ns. Illit′erateness, Illit′eracy, state of being illiterate: want of learning.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illiterate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illiterate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A good book for an illiterate is a golden ring for a fingerless hand!

  2. Harbans Singh:

    We are illiterate farmers; we seek advice from the vendor and just spray on the crop.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Unemployment is largely not of illiterate or matriculate but of graduate and post-graduate.

  4. Farhat Abbas:

    I want to become a teacher like him and do the same, had I not met him, I would have remained illiterate.

  5. Alvin Toffler:

    The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.

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