What does literary mean?

Definitions for literary
ˈlɪt əˌrɛr ilit·er·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. literaryadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of literature

    "literary criticism"

  2. literaryadjective

    knowledgeable about literature

    "a literary style"

  3. literaryadjective

    appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

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

Wiktionary

  1. literaryadjective

    Relating to literature.

  2. literaryadjective

    Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.

  3. literaryadjective

    Knowledgeable of literature or writing.

  4. literaryadjective

    Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.

  5. literaryadjective

    Bookish.

  6. Etymology: From littéraire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literaryadjective

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

  2. Literaryadjective

    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. 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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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. 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.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    It is interesting to note that poetry, a literary device whose very construct involves the use of words, is itself the word of choice by persons grasping to describe something so beautiful it is marvelously ineffable.

  3. Erma Bombeck:

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

  4. Leo C. Rosten:

    Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.

  5. Jim Morekis:

    “From Conrad Aiken to Flannery O’Connor to Midnight, Savannah has always been a literary town. But certainly one of her most consistently excellent—and consistently underrated—writers is the man known as Aberjhani. Known for his nationally published short stories and poetry Aberjhani has received critical acclaim for his ability to encapsulate the Southern black experience in a sensitive and poignant way that’s accessible to readers of any race or region.” --from All That Jazz

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