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Definition of literary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with literature literary criticism/theory
  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.
  3. 3liking literature very much; studying or writing literature a literary man
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: literary