- persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.
Origin of literati
Examples from the Web for literati
In our view, serious books were not just for the literati, but for anyone with a hunger for brilliant writing.Charles Michener on Newsweek’s Cultural Edge
December 24, 2012
Others have joined the literati, including one budding novelist, Nicolle Wallace.Bush Diaspora
The Daily Beast
November 10, 2010
Long before she met Pinter, Fraser was a glittering member of the London literati.Antonia Fraser on Her Wild Marriage
November 8, 2010
Half the literati of our age do but like these bind the present to the past.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,
George Alfred Townsend
"Show me the house of one of your literati if we pass one," he said.
And (p. 194) you have not shown me any of your literati yet, or any of their houses.
If one aspire to be a member of the literati of his day, he must expect to be criticised.
The literati bemoan the artist of an epoch prior to 'What is Art?'Mark Twain
- literary or scholarly people
Word Origin and History for literati
"men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole," 1620s, from Latin literati/litterati, plural of literatus/litteratus "lettered" (see literate). The proper singular would be literatus, though Italian literato (1704) sometimes is used.