Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: litterarius, from littera; LETTER1


lit‧e‧ra‧ry W2 [only before noun]
1 relating to literature:
a literary prize
literary criticism (=the study of the methods used in writing literature)
2 typical of the style of writing used in literature rather than in ordinary writing and talking:
a literary style of writing
3 liking literature very much, and studying or producing it:
a literary woman

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