man of letters

noun phrase

Definition of man of letters

1 : scholar
2 : author

First Known Use of man of letters

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of man of letters was in 1645

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“Man of letters.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of man of letters

: a man who writes or who knows a lot about novels, poems, etc. : a literary man

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