literati
noun plural Etymology: obsolete Italian litterati, from Latin, plural of litteratus Date: 1621 1. the educated class; also intelligentsia 2. persons interested in literature or the arts

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  • Literati — may refer to: *Intellectuals *The scholar bureaucrats or literati of imperial China **Literati painting, also known as the Southern School of painting, developed by Chinese literati **The literati style of bonsai, consisting of thin, elegant… …   Wikipedia

  • Literati — Lit e*ra ti (l[i^]t [ e]*r[aum] t[=e]; l[i^]t [ e]*r[=a] t[imac]), n. pl. [See {Literatus}.] Learned or literary men. See {Literatus}. [1913 Webster] Shakespearean commentators, and other literati. Craik. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • literati — (n.) men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole, 1620s, from L. literati/litterati, plural of literatus/litteratus lettered (see LITERATE (Cf. literate)). The proper singular would be literatus, though It. literato (1704) sometimes is …   Etymology dictionary

  • literati — index faculty (teaching staff) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • LITERATI — Loitiae et Mandarini, Secta Philosophorum Sinensium, qui sub Rege absolute imperant. Vide Confutius …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • literati — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ educated people who are interested in literature. ORIGIN Latin, plural of literatus acquainted with letters …   English terms dictionary

  • literati — [lit΄ə rät′ē; ] occas. [, lit΄ərā′tī΄] pl.n. [It < L litterati, learned, pl. of litteratus: see LITERATE] 1. men of letters 2. scholarly or learned people …   English World dictionary

  • Literati — Peinture literati Dong Qichang : Pavillon de chaume de Wanluan La peinture literati (文人画, pinyin : wenrenhua), ou peinture de lettrés, est un style de peinture chinois très ancien, mais qui se stabilisa dès la fin de la dynastie Yuan… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • literati — /lit euh rah tee, ray /, n.pl., sing. literatus / rah teuhs, ray /. persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals. [1615 25; < L literati learned, scholarly people, n. use of pl. of LITERATUS. See LITERATE] * * * Scholars in China… …   Universalium

  • literati — [[t]lɪ̱tərɑ͟ːti[/t]] N PLURAL (disapproval) Literati are well educated people who are interested in literature. That Walter Scott was a fervent Tory is something of an embarrassment to the leftist literati …   English dictionary

  • Literati — Literatus Lit e*ra tus (l[i^]t [ e]*r[aum] t[u^]s; l[i^]t [ e]*r[=a] t[u^]s), n.; pl. {Literati} (l[i^]t [ e]*r[aum] t[=e]; l[i^]t [ e]*r[=a] t[imac]). [L. litteratus, literatus.] A learned man; a man acquainted with literature; chiefly used in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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