Definition of literary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪtərəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtəreri//
    Describing a story
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  1. 1connected with literature literary criticism/theory See related entries: Describing a story
  2. 2(of a language or style of writing) suitable for or typical of a work of literature It was Chaucer who really turned English into a literary language. She was one of the great literary figures of her age.
  3. 3liking literature very much; studying or writing literature a literary man
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to the letters of the alphabet’): from Latin litterarius, from littera ‘letter of the alphabet’, (plural) ‘epistle, literature, culture’.
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