man of letters

noun phrase

: author

Examples of man of letters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cerebral men of letters often make unrewarding screen protagonists, spending too much time in their own heads to fully engage as characters. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 An eccentric man of letters, Mr. Gottlieb bore an uncanny resemblance to Woody Allen. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 2 Dec. 2023.

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