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literatus

[lit-uh-rah-tuh s, -rey-] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs, -ˈreɪ-/
noun
1.
singular of literati.

literati

[lit-uh-rah-tee] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ ti/
plural noun, singular literatus
[lit-uh-rah-tuh s] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs/ (Show IPA)
1.
persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin līterāti learned, scholarly people, noun use of plural of līterātus. See literate
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British Dictionary definitions for literatus

literati

/ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtiː/
plural noun
1.
literary or scholarly people
Word Origin
C17: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for literatus

literati

n.

"men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole," 1620s, from Latin literati/litterati, plural of literatus/litteratus "lettered" (see literate). The proper singular would be literatus, though Italian literato (1704) sometimes is used.

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