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littérateur

[lit-er-uh-tur; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜr; French li teɪ raˈtœr/
noun, plural littérateurs
[lit-er-uh-turz; French lee-tey-ra-tœr] /ˌlɪt ər əˈtɜrz; French li teɪ raˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a literary person, especially a writer of literary works.
Also, litterateur.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < French; see literator
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Examples for littérateur
  • Abbey held that his main vocation was as iconoclastic litterateur defending natural wilderness and freedom.
  • When a litterateur gets involved in politics, his politics gets more refined.
British Dictionary definitions for littérateur

littérateur

/ˌlɪtərəˈtɜː; French literatœr/
noun
1.
an author, esp a professional writer
Word Origin
C19: from French from Latin litterātor a grammarian
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Word Origin and History for littérateur

litterateur

n.

"a literary man," 1806, from French littérateur, from Latin litterator "a grammarian, philologist," from littera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Sometimes Englished as literator (1630s, often with a deprecatory sense). Fem. form is littératrice.

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