plural noun, singular lit·e·ra·tus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s,] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs,/.
Origin of literati
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Historical Examples of literatus
The literatus who realized this had his own message in mind.Drum Taps
Huc advolarunt tres viri, duo lanifices, literarum rudes, literatus tertius est.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
This species is closely allied to the M. literatus of Brullé; but it differs too much, I think, to be identical with it.
The school of the literatus was much better than that of the literator, but it reached only a limited number of the Roman youth.History of Education
Word Origin 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.