from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or quality of being literate, especially the ability to read and write. See Usage Note at literate.
  • n. The condition or quality of being knowledgeable in a particular subject or field: cultural literacy; biblical literacy.

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  • n. The ability to read.
  • n. Understanding of something (ex. computer literacy).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being literate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being literate; knowledge of letters; ability to read and write; possession of education; also, condition with reference to education: opposed to illiteracy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ability to read and write


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From literate + -cy.


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