man of letters

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  1. a man engaged in literary pursuits, especially a professional writer.

  2. a man of great learning; scholar.

Origin of man of letters

First recorded in 1635–45

Words Nearby man of letters Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use man of letters in a sentence

  • And this brings us to our most versatile man-of-letters—James Russell Lowell.

    American Men of Mind | Burton E. Stevenson
  • She had been the friend p. vof nearly every prominent man-of-letters from Rogers to Tennyson.

    Letters from the Cape | Lady Duff Gordon