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From French littéraire.



literary (comparative more literary, superlative most literary)

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Knowledgeable of literature or writing.
  4. Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.
  5. Bookish.


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