- pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature: literary history.
- pertaining to authorship: literary style.
- versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
- engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man.
- characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
- preferring books to actual experience; bookish.
Origin of literary
Examples from the Web for literary
From this attitude he draws a singular comic and literary power.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
To reclaim it, he had to move beyond established conventions about how a literary career should be conducted.A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings
December 25, 2014
A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
Some literary works of Mr. Gladstone have been already noticed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There was such a litter as always gathers around a literary man.Biographical Sketches
Sometimes a literary or historical picture creeps into the text.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Yet Gracie had supposed him to be literary in his tastes and pursuits.
Ostensibly they were a literary society; really they were diamond polishers.
- of, relating to, concerned with, or characteristic of literature or scholarly writinga literary discussion; a literary style
- versed in or knowledgeable about literaturea literary man
- (of a word) formal; not colloquial
Word Origin and History for literary
1640s, "pertaining to alphabet letters," from French littéraire, from Latin literarius/litterarius "belonging to letters or learning," from littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "pertaining to literature" is attested from 1737.