From French littéraire.
- (UK, General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈlɪtəɹəɹi/, /ˈlɪt(ə)ɹi/
- (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈlɪtəɹɛ(ə)ɹi/, [ˈɫɪɾəɹɛ(ə)ɹi]
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literary (comparative more literary, superlative most literary)
- Relating to literature.
- literary fame
- a literary history
- literary conversation
- c. 1768, Samuel Johnson, Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare
- He has long outlived his century, the term commonly fixed as the test of literary merit.
- Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.
- a literary man
- 1775, William Mason, The Poems of Mr. Gray. To which are prefixed Memoirs of his Life and Writings by W. Mason. York
- in the literary as well as fashionable world
- Knowledgeable of literature or writing.
- Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.
relating to literature
relating to writers, or the profession of literature
knowledgeable of literature or writing
appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing
bookish — see bookish
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- literary in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- literary in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911