unlettered

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adjective un·let·tered \ ˌən-ˈle-tərd \

Definition of unlettered

1 a :lacking facility in reading and writing and ignorant of the knowledge to be gained from books
2 :not marked with letters

Examples of unlettered in a Sentence

  1. unlettered moviegoers could scarcely imagine how little resemblance the film bore to the novel on which it was supposedly based

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First Known Use of unlettered

14th century

Synonym Discussion of unlettered

ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing.
    • an ignorant fool
    • ignorant of nuclear physics
illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write.
    • much of the population is still illiterate
unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading.
    • an allusion meaningless to the unlettered
untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization.
    • strange monuments built by an untutored people
unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects.
    • poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses

UNLETTERED Defined for English Language Learners

unlettered

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Definition of unlettered for English Language Learners

  • : unable to read or write


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