An illiterate person is someone who cannot read.
- The definition of illiterate is someone who is unable to read or write, or who is ignorant about a certain subject.
An example of illiterate is a description for a person who has never learned to read.
- Illiterate is defined as a person who never learned how to read.
An example of illiterate is a person who doesn't know how to read.
- ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write
- having or showing limited knowledge, experience, or culture, esp. in some particular field: musically illiterate
- violating accepted usage in language: an illiterate sentence
Origin of illiterateClassical Latin illiteratus, unlettered: see in- and literate
- a. Unable to read and write.b. Having little or no formal education.
- a. Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature: an illiterate magazine.b. Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing: a paragraph with several illiterate expressions.
- Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
- A person who is illiterate.
- used with a pl. verb People who are illiterate, considered as a group.
Origin of illiterateMiddle English from Latin illīterātus in- not ; see in- 1. līterātus literate ; see literate .
(comparative more illiterate, superlative most illiterate)
- an illiterate person, one not able to read.
Recorded in English since 1556, from Latin illitteratus (“unlearned, ignorant”), itself from in- (“un-”) + litteratus (“furnished with letters”) (from littera (“letter, character”)).