Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

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


Related topics: Literature
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

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary