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literati

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noun plural li·te·ra·ti \ˌli-tə-ˈrä-(ˌ)tē\

Definition of literati

  1. 1 :  the educated class; also :  intelligentsia

  2. 2 :  persons interested in literature or the arts



Examples of literati in a sentence

  1. <Boston's 19th-century literati often referred to their city as the Athens of America.>



Origin and Etymology of literati

obsolete Italian litterati, from Latin, plural of litteratus


First Known Use: 1621



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