Literary definition

lĭtə-rĕrē
Of or relating to writers or the profession of literature.

Literary circles.

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Of, relating to, or dealing with literature.

Literary criticism.

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Characterized by the more formal, balanced, and polished language of literature rather than the informal language of speech.
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The definition of literary is something connected to books or formal writing.

An example of literary used as an adjective is the phrase literary magazine, a magazine about writing.

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Versed in or fond of literature or learning.
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Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing.
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Bookish; pedantic.
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Of, having the nature of, or dealing with literature.
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Of or having to do with books or writing.

Literary agents.

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Familiar with or versed in literature.
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Making literature a profession.
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Relating to literature.
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Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.
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Knowledgeable of literature or writing.
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Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.
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Origin of literary

  • Latin litterārius of reading and writing from littera, lītera letter letter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French littéraire.

    From Wiktionary