from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A literary person, a man of letters.
  • n. One who writes professionally.
  • n. A learned person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who teaches the letters or elements of knowledge; a petty schoolmaster.
  • n. A person devoted to the study of literary trifles, esp. trifles belonging to the literature of a former age.
  • n. A learned person; a literatus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A petty schoolmaster; a dabbler in learning.
  • n. A man of literary culture; a man of letters; a literary man.
  • n. One who concerns himself with verbal and textual criticism.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • For he says that in old times, when a company of slaves was offered for sale by any person, it was not customary, without good reason, to describe either of them in the catalogue as a literati, but only as a literator, meaning that he was not a proficient in letters, but had a smattering of knowledge.

    De vita Caesarum

  • Some there are who draw a distinction between a literati and a literator, as the Greeks do between

    De vita Caesarum

  • "Goruki sounds like the name of a Russian literator," said Red Shirt.

    Botchan (Master Darling)

  • "Yes, just like a Russian literator," Clown at once seconded Red Shirt.

    Botchan (Master Darling)

  • Gorky for a Russian literator, Maruki a photographer of Shibaku, and komeno-naruki (rice) a life-giver, eh?

    Botchan (Master Darling)

  • This president was the distinguished pianist and literator, Dr. Larry Nopkin, and his sarcastic glare at the pupils gave every man the nervous shivers.

    Old Fogy His Musical Opinions and Grotesques

  • The school of the _literatus_ was much better than that of the _literator_, but it reached only a limited number of the Roman youth.

    History of Education

  • Locke or Hume might perhaps still have resented a little the "literator judaeus," but Faraday or Clerk-Maxwell would have expressed the same opinion with only the change of a word: "If the twelfth century had once tasted true science, how quick they would have dropped Avicenna and Averroes!"

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • Thinking to make the descriptions yet more real, and therefore more impressive, I took the liberty of attributing the composition to a literator who, whatever may be thought of his works, was not himself a fiction.

    The fair god, or, The last of the 'Tzins

  • But because he esteemed the Saviour only as one of many masters, and was a ` man of the letter '[margin note: literator] (which is better expressed in Greek, grammateus) not a spiritual hearer, therefore he had no place where Jesus might lay His head.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Matthew


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