lit·ter·a·teur | \ ˌli-tə-rə-ˈtər , ˌli-trə- , -ˈtu̇r \
variants: or littérateur

Definition of litterateur 

: a literary person especially : a professional writer

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author, pen, penman, scribe, scrivener, writer



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Examples of litterateur in a Sentence

Washington Irving is generally credited as the first American litterateur to gain a reputation in Britain and on the Continent.

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A similar lesson awaits the young litterateur who insists that a good book should move not only the head and the heart but also the loins. The Dirty Men And Women Of Esquire, Esquire, "The Sexiest Erotic Novels of All Time," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of litterateur

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for litterateur

French littérateur, from Latin litterator critic, from litterae letters, literature

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