alit·​er·​a·​cy ˌā-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-ˌsē How to pronounce aliteracy (audio)
: the quality or state of being able to read but uninterested in doing so
aliterate adjective or noun

Word History


a- entry 2 + literacy, after illiteracy

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aliteracy was in 1981

Dictionary Entries Near aliteracy

Cite this Entry

“Aliteracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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