- pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature: literary history.
- pertaining to authorship: literary style.
- versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
- engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man.
- characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
- preferring books to actual experience; bookish.
Origin of literary
Examples from the Web for non-literary
Historical Examples of non-literary
It is non-literary and is not written for the eyes of the general public.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
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This is the first great line dividing the Literary from the Non-Literary.The World's Best Books
The non-literary papyri are important first of all in the study of language.
The New Testament is written in the natural, non-literary form of the Greek world language.
May-be I am non-literary and non-decorous (let me at least be human, and pay part of my debt) in this word about Tennyson.Complete Prose Works
- of, relating to, concerned with, or characteristic of literature or scholarly writinga literary discussion; a literary style
- versed in or knowledgeable about literaturea literary man
- (of a word) formal; not colloquial
Word Origin for literary
1640s, "pertaining to alphabet letters," from French littéraire, from Latin literarius/litterarius "belonging to letters or learning," from littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "pertaining to literature" is attested from 1737.