- able to read and write.
- having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
- characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like: His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
- having knowledge or skill in a specified field: Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
- having an education; educated.
- a person who can read and write.
- a learned person.
Origin of literate
Synonyms for literate
Examples from the Web for unliterate
Historical Examples of unliterate
The literary critic, Francis Hackett, somewhere speaks of "the enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American."The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- able to read and write
- educated; learned
- used to words rather than numbers as a means of expressionCompare numerate
- a literate person
Word Origin for literate
"educated, instructed," early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus "educated, learned," literally "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)).