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. Leo 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

  2. 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.

  3. Erma Bombeck:

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

  4. 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.”

  5. Isaac D?Israeli:

    Is a preface exquisitely written? No literary morsel is more delicious. Is the author inveterately dull? It is a kind of preparatory information, which may be very useful. It argues a deficiency of taste to turn over an elaborate preface unread: for it is the attar of the author?s roses, every drop distilled at an immense cost. It is the reason of the reasoning, and the folly of the foolish.

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