Definitions for: Literary


[adj] appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"
[adj] knowledgeable about literature; "a literary style"
[adj] of or relating to or dealing with good literature; "literary criticism"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lit"er*a*ry, a. [L. litterarius, literarius,fr.
littera, litera, a letter: cf. F. litt['e]raire. See
Letter.]
1. Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to
learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary
history; literary conversation.

He has long outlived his century, the term commonly
fixed as the test of literary merit. --Johnson.

2. Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with
literature as a profession; connected with literature or
with men of letters; as, a literary man.

In the literary as well as fashionable world.
--Mason.

Literary property.
(a) Property which consists in written or printed
compositions.
(b) The exclusive right of publication as recognized and
limited by law.

Synonyms: formal, literate, well-written

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