or lit·te·ra·teur

[ lit-er-uh-tur; French lee-tey-ra-tœr ]
/ ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜr; French li teɪ raˈtœr /

noun, plural lit·té·ra·teurs [lit-er-uh-turz; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜrz; French li teɪ raˈtœr/.

a literary person, especially a writer of literary works.

Origin of littérateur

From French, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at literator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for litterateur


/ (ˌlɪtərəˈtɜː, French literatœr) /


an author, esp a professional writer

Word Origin for littérateur

C19: from French from Latin litterātor a grammarian
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Word Origin and History for litterateur



"a literary man," 1806, from French littérateur, from Latin litterator "a grammarian, philologist," from littera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Sometimes Englished as literator (1630s, often with a deprecatory sense). Fem. form is littératrice.

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