adjective lit·er·ary \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē\

: 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

a :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature
b :  bookish 2
c :  of or relating to books
a :  well-read
b :  of or relating to authors or scholars or to their professions
lit·er·ar·i·ly \ˌli-tə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb
lit·er·ar·i·ness \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.

First Known Use of LITERARY


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LITERARINESS Defined for Kids


adjective lit·er·ary \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē\

Definition of LITERARY for Kids

:  of or relating to literature


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