unlettered

[ uhn-let-erd ]
/ ʌnˈlɛt ərd /

adjective

not educated; uneducated; untutored; ignorant.
not literate; illiterate.
not marked with letters, as a tombstone.

Nearby words

  1. unlearnt,
  2. unleash,
  3. unleavened,
  4. unless,
  5. unlessoned,
  6. unlevel,
  7. unlicensed,
  8. unlicked,
  9. unlike,
  10. unlikelihood

Origin of unlettered

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at un-1, lettered

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British Dictionary definitions for unlettered

unlettered

/ (ʌnˈlɛtəd) /

adjective

uneducated; illiterate
not marked with lettersan unlettered tombstone
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Word Origin and History for unlettered

unlettered

adj.

mid-14c., "not possessed of book-learning," from un- (1) "not" + lettered (see letter (n.)). An anglicized form of illiterate. Cf. Middle Dutch ongelettert.

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