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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 litterateur
  • 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 litterateur

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 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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Encyclopedia Article for litterateur

author

one who is the source of some form of intellectual or creative work; especially, one who composes a book, article, poem, play, or other literary work intended for publication. Usually a distinction is made between an author and others (such as a compiler, an editor, or a translator) who assemble, organize, or manipulate literary materials. Sometimes, however, the title of author is given to one who compiles material (as for publication) in such a way that the finished compilation can be regarded as a relatively original work. The word is ultimately from the Latin auctor, "authorizer, responsible agent, originator, or maker."

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