literatus

[ lit-uh-rah-tuh s, -rey- ]
/ ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs, -ˈreɪ- /
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noun

singular of literati.

Nearby words

  1. literati,
  2. literatim,
  3. literation,
  4. literator,
  5. literature,
  6. lith,
  7. lith-,
  8. lith.,
  9. lithagogue,
  10. litharge

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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British Dictionary definitions for literatus

literati

/ (ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtiː) /

pl n

literary or scholarly people

Word Origin for literati

C17: from Latin

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Word Origin and History for literatus

literati

n.

"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.

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