of or relating to or characteristic of literature
knowledgeable about literature
"a literary style"
appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing
"when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"
Relating to literature.
Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.
Knowledgeable of literature or writing.
Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.
Origin: From littéraire.
of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation
versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man
Origin: [L. litterarius, literarius, fr. littera, litera, a letter: cf. F. littraire. See Letter.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'literary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2886
Rank popularity for the word 'literary' in Adjectives Frequency: #402
The numerical value of literary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of literary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of literary in a Sentence
It sort of feels like a historic literary moment.
Excessive literary production is a social offense.
Their literary writing was the cause of their persecution.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.
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- literariCatalan, Valencian
- írói, irodalmiHungarian
- litterarii, litterarium, litteraria, litterariae, litterariusLatin
- litterærNorwegian Nynorsk
- literară, literar, literariRomanian
- книжный, литературныйRussian
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