from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Able to read and write.
- adj. Knowledgeable or educated in a particular field or fields.
- adj. Familiar with literature; literary.
- adj. Well-written; polished: a literate essay.
- n. One who can read and write.
- n. A well-informed, educated person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able to read and write; having literacy.
- adj. Knowledgeable in literature, writing; literary; well-read.
- adj. Which is used in writing (of a language or dialect).
- n. A person who is able to read and write
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Instructed in learning, science, or literature; learned; lettered.
- n. One educated, but not having taken a university degree; especially, such a person who is prepared to take holy orders.
- n. A literary man.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a knowledge of letters; possessing education; instructed: opposed to illiterate.
- Of or pertaining to letters; learned; literary.
- Marked with short, angulated lines resembling letters: applied to the surfaces of shells and insects.
- n. A man of letters; a learned or literary man.
- n. An educated man who has not taken a university degree; especially, a candidate for holy orders who has not been educated at a university.
- n. One who can read and write: opposed to illiterate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who can read and write
- adj. knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields
- adj. versed in literature; dealing with literature
- adj. able to read and write
Middle English litterate, from Latin litterātus, from littera, lītera, letter; see letter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin litteratus. (Wiktionary)