What does literary mean?

Definitions for literary
ˈlɪt əˌrɛr ilit·er·ary

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. literary(Adjective)

    Relating to literature.

    Etymology: From littéraire.

  2. literary(Adjective)

    Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.

    Etymology: From littéraire.

  3. literary(Adjective)

    Knowledgeable of literature or writing.

    Etymology: From littéraire.

  4. literary(Adjective)

    Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.

    Etymology: From littéraire.

  5. literary(Adjective)

    Bookish.

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. Aberjhani:

    Overall, my books represent a kind of shared communion and meditation with my fellow human beings… The books are also a part of what I call the great continuum of spiritual literary dialogue that I feel has been in progress since human beings first gave in to the urge to pray to their sense of something greater than themselves and interpreted certain signs or events or silences as responses to those prayers.

  2. Henry Reese:

    They come here because they want to be able to speak freely and write freely, their literary writing was the cause of their persecution.

  3. Joseph Conrad:

    As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.

  4. Harold Bloom:

    I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike-and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two-are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.

  5. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    Consequently, Sylvia Plath’s elevated position among literary figures has extolled her from the depths of depression to the heights of heavenly poetic bliss.”

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