people engaged in literary pursuits, especially professional writers: The lounge at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City was a well-known haunt of the literati during the 1920s.
learned people and scholars considered as a class:university literati in their ivory tower.
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How to use literati in a sentence
In our view, serious books were not just for the literati, but for anyone with a hunger for brilliant writing.
Others have joined the literati, including one budding novelist, Nicolle Wallace.
Long before she met Pinter, Fraser was a glittering member of the London literati.
He had an extensive acquaintance with literati and politicians, which he sedulously cultivated.
He had a handsome office, and the literati, local and visiting, used to gather there.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
These questions I heard proposed in a company of literati, when I inquired concerning this design of Warton.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
He sought the acquaintance of the brilliant and the learned, presiding over a côterie of painters, sculptors, and literati.Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
Thomas--Kempis was but the forerunner of a race of distinguished literati.Vondel's Lucifer | Joost van den Vondel
British Dictionary definitions for literati
literary or scholarly people
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