1. Of, relating to, or dealing with literature: literary criticism.
2. Of or relating to writers or the profession of literature: literary circles.
3. Versed in or fond of literature or learning.
a. Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing.
b. Bookish; pedantic.
[Latin litterārius, of reading and writing, from littera, lītera, letter; see LETTER.]
lit′er·ari·ly (-rârə-lē) adv.
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