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or lit·te·ra·teur

[lit-er-uh-tur; French lee-tey-ra-tœr]
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noun, plural lit·té·ra·teurs [lit-er-uh-turz; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜrz; French li teɪ raˈtœr/.
  1. a literary person, especially a writer of literary works.
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Origin of littérateur

From French, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at literator
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Examples from the Web for litterateur

Historical Examples

  • The litterateur in Wagners estimation had no fixed purpose, no ideal.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

  • A composer, pianist, and litterateur, who is still living in Poland.

  • His fame is greater as a dramatist and litterateur than as a poet.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • The Hotel Helicon is a place to delight the artist and the litterateur.

    A Fortnight of Folly

    Maurice Thompson

  • But he had been too well educated for an American litterateur.

British Dictionary definitions for litterateur


  1. an author, esp a professional writer
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Word Origin

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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