Origin of literature
Synonyms for literature
Related Words for literaturesessay, drama, story, novel, prose, information, poetry, research, leaflet, pamphlet, lore, brochure, article, composition, biography, history, comment, abstract, disquisition, thesis
Examples from the Web for literatures
Contemporary Examples of literatures
Over here is Alexander, who wants to embrace all literatures, all peoples.Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More'
January 10, 2012
She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, and is fluent in Russian.The Prep School Facebook Scandal
November 22, 2010
She grew up in Tulsa, Okla., majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, and is fluent in Russian.Inside Chelsea's Wedding Party
July 29, 2010
Historical Examples of literatures
The religions and literatures of the world will be open books, which he who wills may read.Phaedrus
The literatures of Europe, America, or Asia are an open book for him.Life Immovable
They have a share in the development of all Romance languages and literatures.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
No, we must expect a continual divergence in our literatures.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
New countries, languages, and literatures were brought into its view.Vie de Bohme
Word Origin for literature
late 14c., from Latin literatura/litteratura "learning, a writing, grammar," originally "writing formed with letters," from litera/littera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Originally "book learning" (it replaced Old English boccræft), the meaning "literary production or work" is first attested 1779 in Johnson's "Lives of the English Poets" (he didn't include this definition in his dictionary, however); that of "body of writings from a period or people" is first recorded 1812.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Reading"]
Meaning "the whole of the writing on a particular subject" is from 1860; sense of "printed matter generally" is from 1895. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish literatura, Italian letteratura, German Literatur.