Origin of illiterate
Examples from the Web for illiterates
How wily were these illiterates in the pursuit of game—how ready in an emergency!In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays|Augustine Birrell
Our illiterates are largely foreigners who have not been in our country long enough to become educated.Paul and the Printing Press|Sara Ware Bassett
In 1880 the percentage of illiterates among the race was approximately 70.Your Negro Neighbor|Benjamin Brawley
Certainly not of the great mass of working women and illiterates!Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
There was, therefore, a residue of 9% of illiterates, most of whom were not born in Australia.
British Dictionary definitions for illiterates
Word Origin and History for illiterates
early 15c., "uneducated, unable to read (originally of Latin)," from Latin illiteratus "unlearned, unlettered, ignorant; without culture, inelegant," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + literatus, literally "furnished with letters" (see literate). As a noun meaning "illiterate person" from 1620s. Hence, illiterati (1788).