plural noun
li·​te·​ra·​ti | \ ˌli-tə-ˈrä-(ˌ)tē How to pronounce literati (audio) \

Definition of literati

1 : the educated class also : intelligentsia
2 : persons interested in literature or the arts

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clerisy, intelligentsia

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Both attract literati like Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "This Iconic Hollywood Restaurant Lets You Travel Back in Time," 13 Feb. 2019 By the 19th century, representations of the Diamond Mountains had extended past elite artists and the literati to folk figures, and a market for images of the peaks had taken hold. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Review: When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have," 8 Feb. 2018 Having it all District VII would have been a grand place to be in 1910, when the city’s grand bourgeoisie rubbed elbows with louche literati. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 Who Is Vera Kelly? won’t exactly set the literati’s hearts aflutter. Rayyan Al-shawaf,, "'Who Is Vera Kelly?' by Rosalie Knecht: Brainy, endearing bisexual spy," 13 July 2018 And the Idaho literati should understand the importance of Pound, once William Butler Yeats’ assistant, because he was born in Hailey. Wayne Catan, idahostatesman, "Book delves into intriguing, misunderstood, maddening mind of Idaho-born Ezra Pound," 8 June 2018 In her 20-plus years in the city, Levin has worked herself into its small writers’ community and spends her workdays at the Grotto, where the city’s literati congregate to scribble. David Ferry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Food critic Rachel Levin contemplates close encounters of the animal kind," 7 June 2018 At least the first two take place within the high-fashion glitterati and the back-stabbing literati of London, respectively — settings that the production designers practically eat up. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'C.B. Strike': TV Review," 31 May 2018 For some members of Hong Kong’s literati, these books were a stain on the city’s reputation. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The Case of Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of literati

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for literati

obsolete Italian litterati, from Latin, plural of litteratus

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