literatus

literatus

[lit-uh-rah-tuhs, -rey-]
noun
singular of literati.
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literati

[lit-uh-rah-tee]
plural noun, singular literatus [lit-uh-rah-tuhs] .
persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin līterāti learned, scholarly people, noun use of plural of līterātus. See literate

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literati (ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtiː)
 
pl n
literary or scholarly people
 
[C17: from Latin]

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literati
"men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole," 1621, from L. lit(t)erati, pl. of lit(t)eratus "lettered" (see literate). The proper sing. would be literatus, though It. literato (1704) sometimes is used.
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