literacy

noun lit·er·a·cy \ ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē \

Definition of literacy

:the quality or state of being literate
  • a program to promote adult literacy

Examples of literacy in a Sentence

  1. The program is intended to promote adult literacy among people who have had very little schooling.

  2. Their goal is to achieve basic literacy.

Recent Examples of literacy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'literacy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of literacy

1880


LITERACY Defined for English Language Learners

literacy

noun

Definition of literacy for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to read and write

  • : knowledge that relates to a specified subject



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

readily predictable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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!