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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man%20of%20letters. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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