Definitions of literary

  1. appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. knowledgeable about literature; "a literary style" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of or relating to or characteristic of literature; "literary criticism" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Pertaining to, or appropriate to, literature or men of letters; having a knowledge of, or engaged in, literature. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Belonging to letters or learning: pertaining to men of letters: derived from learning: skilled in learning: consisting of written or printed compositions. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Pertaining to, or versed in, learning or literature. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Pertaining to, practised in, or devoted to literature. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Pertaining to letters or literature; respecting learning or learned men; derived from erudition, as reputation; furnished with erudition; versed in letters; consisting in letters or written or printed compositions. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Pert. to, or connected with, literature or men of letters; respecting learned men; consisting in written or printed compositions. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Pertaining to polite learning ; connected with the study or use of books and writings. The word "literary," having no legal signification, is to be taken in its ordinary and usual meaning. We speak of literary persons as learned, erudite; of literary property, as the productions of ripe scholars, or, at least, of professional writers; of literary institutions, as those where the positive sciences are taught, or persons eminent for learning associate, for purposes connected with their professions. This we think the popular meaning of the word; and that it would not be properly used as descriptive of a school for the instruction of youth. Indianapolis v. McLean, 8 Ind. 332. thelawdictionary.org
  13. lit'[.e]r-ar-i, adj. belonging to letters or learning: skilled in learning.--n. LIT'ERACY, state of being literate:--opp. to Illiteracy.--adj. LIT'ER[=A]TE, 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. LITER[=A]'T[=I], men of letters, the learned (sing. forms, LITER[=A]'TUS, LITERÄ'TO).--adv. LITER[=A]'TIM, letter for letter: without the change of a letter.--n. LITER[=A]'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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Of, constituting, occupied with, literature, polite learning, or books& written composition esp. of the kind valued for form (l. history of a thing, of its treatment in literature; l. property, exclusive right of publication, books &c. subject to this; l. man, man of LETTERS). Hence literarily adv., literariness n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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