plural noun, singular lit·e·ra·tus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s,] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs,/.
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.
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.
They were hack writers, and so viewed by the literati of their day.Tragedy|Ashley H. Thorndike
The fifth class consist of medical men and literati, as also inferior government officers.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
Please to write to me as soon as you make any advances, that I may have something to say on the subject to the literati of Paris.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)|John Hill Burton
But the literati of England allowed her no consideration, no rest, no privacy.Lady Byron Vindicated|Harriet Beecher Stowe
No radical change can take place in China without encountering the opposition of the literati.The Problem of China|Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for literati
Word Origin for literati
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.