Definition of Catcher in the Rye from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Catcher in the Rye

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a US novel (1951) by J D Salinger. The story is about Holden Caulfield, a young man who runs away from school and finds the adult world to be false and unfair. The book was very popular with students in the 1950s, and is widely regarded as a major novel about the problems of growing up.