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[wel-red] /ˈwɛlˈrɛd/
having read extensively (sometimes followed by in):
well-read in oceanography.
Origin of well-read
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
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  • She was traveled, well-read, philanthropic, and broad-minded.

  • I found her a pleasant woman, well-read, well-educated and widely travelled.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Moreover, he was cultivated and well-read, and his society was agreeable.

  • He spoke five, languages, and was a well-read man for his time.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • However, the judge was a fine, well-read man, and let them off easy.

  • For these people are well-read and well-bred, and truly ladies in all things.

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • She was an interesting conversationalist, being a keen observer and well-read.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
British Dictionary definitions for well-read


adjective (well read when postpositive)
having read widely and intelligently; erudite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-read

1590s, from well (adv.) + read (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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