literatus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s, -rey-] Examples noun

  1. singular of literati.

literati [lit-uh-rah-tee] plural noun, singular lit·e·ra·tus [lit-uh-rah-tuh s,] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs,/.

  1. persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.

Origin of literati 1615–25; Latin līterāti learned, scholarly people, noun use of plural of līterātus. See literate Examples from the Web for literatus Historical Examples of literatus

  • The literatus who realized this had his own message in mind.

    Drum Taps

    Walt Whitman

  • Huc advolarunt tres viri, duo lanifices, literarum rudes, literatus tertius est.

    History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III

    J. H. Merle D’Aubign

  • This species is closely allied to the M. literatus of Brullé; but it differs too much, I think, to be identical with it.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society – Vol. 3


  • 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

    Levi Seeley

  • British Dictionary definitions for literatus literati pl n

    1. literary or scholarly people

    Word Origin for literati C17: from Latin Word Origin and History for literatus literati n.

    “men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole,” 1620s, from Latin literati/litterati, plural of literatus/litteratus “lettered” (see literate). The proper singular would be literatus, though Italian literato (1704) sometimes is used.

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