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Literary Definition

Concerning the writing or study of literature, especially that of high quality.

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Other Literary Definition

[adj] appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"
[adj] knowledgeable about literature; "a literary style"
[adj] of or relating to or dealing with good literature; "literary criticism"

Misc. Definitions

\Lit"er*a*ry\, a. [L. litterarius, literarius,fr. littera, litera, a letter: cf. F. litt['e]raire. See {Letter}.]
1. Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation. He has long outlived his century, the term commonly fixed as the test of literary merit. --Johnson.
2. Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man. In the literary as well as fashionable world. --Mason. {Literary property}. (a) Property which consists in written or printed compositions. (b) The exclusive right of publication as recognized and limited by law.

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