literati

[ lit-uh-rah-tee ]
/ ˌlɪt əˈrɑ ti /

plural noun, singular lit·e·ra·tus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s,] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs,/.

persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.

Origin of literati

1615–25; < Latin līterāti learned, scholarly people, noun use of plural of līterātus. See literate
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literati

/ (ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtiː) /

pl n

literary or scholarly people

Word Origin for literati

C17: from Latin
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