literary

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adjective lit·er·ary \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē\

Definition of literary

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature a literary education a literary institutionb :  bookish 2 an essay written in a very literary stylec :  of or relating to books a literary agent a literary manuscript

  2. 2a :  well-read he is literary, given to quoting to himself rather long stretches of remembered lines — F. J. Hoffmanb :  of or relating to authors or scholars or to their professions her literary biographies

literarily

play \ˌli-tə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb

literariness

play \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of literary in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of literary from the Web

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First Known Use of literary

1605



LITERARY Defined for English Language Learners

literary

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Definition of literary for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to literature

  • : used in literature

  • : having a lot of knowledge about literature : known for reading or writing books


LITERARY Defined for Kids

literary

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adjective lit·er·ary \ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē\

Definition of literary for Students

  1. :  of or relating to literature



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