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 Dictionary entry overview: What does literary mean? 

LITERARY (adjective)
  The adjective LITERARY has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of literature
2. knowledgeable about literature
3. appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

  Familiarity information: LITERARY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

LITERARY (adjective)

Sense 1literary [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to or characteristic of literature

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

literary criticism


literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)

Sense 2literary [BACK TO TOP]


Knowledgeable about literature

Context example:

a literary style


literate (versed in literature; dealing with literature)

Sense 3literary [BACK TO TOP]


Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

Context example:

when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style


formal ((of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms)

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