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literary

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adjective lit·er·ary \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē\

Simple Definition of literary

  • : of or relating to literature

  • : used in literature

  • : having a lot of knowledge about literature : known for reading or writing books

Full Definition of literary

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature b :  bookish 2 c :  of or relating to books

  2. 2 a :  well-read b :  of or relating to authors or scholars or to their professions

lit·er·ar·i·ly play \ˌli-tə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb
lit·er·ar·i·ness play \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of literary

  1. Do his books have any literary merit?

  2. Mystery fiction is only one of many literary forms.

  3. an essay written in a very literary style

  4. The author uses many literary devices in his work.

  5. He entered the literary world right out of college.

  6. She hired a literary agent.



1605

First Known Use of literary

1605




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