plural noun, singular lit·e·ra·tus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s,] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs,/.
Origin of literati
Examples from the Web for literatus
The literatus who realized this had his own message in mind.Drum Taps|Walt Whitman
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|Levi Seeley
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.
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.