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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Recent Examples on the Web By the late Eighties, Sorokin began to enjoy a modest amount of acclaim among the Russian-speaking literati, both at home and abroad. Jennifer Wilson, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 One of those lunches was with me, at Michael’s restaurant, a fishbowl in those days for the literati. Amy Fine Collins, Town & Country, 28 Jan. 2022 This sort of private-lives-of-the-bohemian-literati enterprise can easily become too sensationalized and/or high-minded, with real-life characters alternately reciting and smoldering at each other. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 19 Jan. 2022 The literati peppered him with questions, and Marks responded with pride. Longreads, Longreads, 2 Nov. 2021 Vardis Fisher, the editor of the Idaho guide, was one such outsider who, despite holding a PhD from the University of Chicago, was not a member of the literati. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 15 June 2021 But the warmer-month rusticators also included literati who encouraged themes of exceptional architectural design, all respecting the island’s varied ecologies and topographic patrimony., 6 June 2021 Florence interviews and then lands what must surely be one of the most coveted gigs for any young person yearning to break into the inner circles of the literati: personal assistant to Maud Dixon. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Sir John Tusa, a former BBC executive, has written a guide based on his extensive experience among Britain’s literati and glitterati. The Economist, 21 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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“Literati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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