literal

[ lit-er-uhl ]
/ ˈlɪt ər əl /

adjective

noun

a typographical error, especially involving a single letter.

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Origin of literal

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin litterālis “of letters.” See letter1, -al1

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH literal

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British Dictionary definitions for literal

literal
/ (ˈlɪtərəl) /

adjective

noun

Also called: literal error a misprint or misspelling in a text

Derived forms of literal

literalness or literality (ˌlɪtəˈrælɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for literal

C14: from Late Latin litterālis concerning letters, from Latin littera letter
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