[ lit-er-uh-see ]
/ ˈlɪt ər ə si /


the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write.
possession of education: to question someone's literacy.
a person's knowledge of a particular subject or field: to acquire computer literacy; improving your financial literacy.

Origin of literacy

First recorded in 1880–85; liter(ate) + -acy

Related forms

an·ti·lit·er·a·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for literacy


/ (ˈlɪtərəsɪ) /


the ability to read and write
the ability to use language proficiently
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