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[lit-er-uh-tur; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜr; French li teɪ raˈtœr/
noun, plural littérateurs
[lit-er-uh-turz; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜrz; French li teɪ raˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
a literary person, especially a writer of literary works.
Origin of littérateur
From French, dating back to 1800-10; See origin at literator Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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/ˌlɪtərəˈtɜː; French literatœr/
an author, esp a professional writer
Word Origin
C19: from French from Latin litterātor a grammarian
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Word Origin and History for litterateur

"a literary man," 1806, from French littérateur, from Latin litterator "a grammarian, philologist," from littera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Sometimes Englished as literator (1630s, often with a deprecatory sense). Fem. form is littératrice.

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