literary

[lit-uh-rer-ee]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature: literary history.
2.
pertaining to authorship: literary style.
3.
versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
4.
engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man.
5.
characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
6.
preferring books to actual experience; bookish.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin līterārius, litterārius of reading and writing. See letter, -ary

literarily, adverb
literariness, noun
nonliterarily, adverb
nonliterarilyness, noun
nonliterariness, noun
nonliterary, adjective
overliterarily, adverb
overliterariness, noun
overliterary, adjective
preliterary, adjective
pseudoliterary, adjective
quasi-literary, adjective
unliterary, adjective


In this dictionary, the label Literary is assigned to an entry term or definition that is used rarely in contemporary speech or writing except to create a literary, poetic, or evocative effect.
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literary (ˈlɪtərərɪ, ˈlɪtrərɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, concerned with, or characteristic of literature or scholarly writing: a literary discussion; a literary style
2.  versed in or knowledgeable about literature: a literary man
3.  (of a word) formal; not colloquial
 
[C17: from Latin litterārius concerning reading and writing. See letter]
 
'literarily
 
adv
 
'literariness
 
n

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literary
1640s, "pertaining to alphabet letters," from Fr. littéraire, from L. lit(t)erarius "belonging to letters or learning," from lit(t)era "letter." Meaning "pertaining to literature" is attested from 1749.
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Example sentences
None of the words and expressions which are taboo in good society will be found
  in books of proved literary standing.
Pop-up books have always been the exhibitionists of the literary world-all
  those creases and protrusions.
There have never before been so many new books of poetry published, so many
  anthologies or literary magazines.
Some metaphors are not literary creations at all-instead they seem to be built
  from the ground up, given to us by experience.
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