aliteracy

noun
alit·​er·​a·​cy | \ ˌā-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-ˌsē How to pronounce aliteracy (audio) , ə-ˈli- \

Definition of aliteracy

: the quality or state of being able to read but uninterested in doing so

Other Words from aliteracy

aliterate \ ˌā-​ˈli-​t(ə-​)rət How to pronounce aliterate (audio) , ə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of aliteracy

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aliteracy

a- entry 2 + literacy, after illiteracy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aliteracy

Time Traveler for aliteracy

Time Traveler

The first known use of aliteracy was in 1981

See more words from the same year

Statistics for aliteracy

Cite this Entry

“Aliteracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aliteracy. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

Comments on aliteracy

What made you want to look up aliteracy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!