: well-informed or deeply versed through reading
well-read in history

Examples of well-read in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well-loved and well-read copies of the book populate in countless children’s bedrooms. Amy Amatangelo, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The Record, despite complaints from locals, remains well-read, even as readership dwindles at papers across the country. Kevin Draper, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2023 Indeed, in my experience as an editor, the best prose stylists are invariably well-read. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Aug. 2023 Reading the essays is like attending a concert with a friend who is exceptionally well-read and articulate. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2023 Frank is emotionally intelligent, well-read, and articulate — an intellectual match for Queenie. Breanna Bell, Variety, 16 May 2023 The board is well-read, says Edwards. – Don’t contradict your colleagues. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-read was in 1574

Dictionary Entries Near well-read

Cite this Entry

“Well-read.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-read. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: well informed by much reading

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