The definition of literal is a translation that strictly follows the exact words.(adjective)
An example of literal is the belief that the world was created in exactly six days with the seventh day devoted to rest, as per Genesis in the Bible.
See literal in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME litterall < MFr litteral < LL litteralis < L littera, letter
See literal in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin litterālis, of letters
Origin: , from Latin littera, lītera, letter; see letter.
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