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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, early 19th century


A person who is interested in and knowledgeable about literature.

Examples of Littérateur in a sentence

"She considered herself a littérateur and enjoyed giving book recommendations."

"As a littérateur, I like analyzing the written word."

About Littérateur

We've held onto the French spelling for this word describing a lover of literature, but it can be traced back further to Latin. In Latin, "littera" means "letter of the alphabet," and "litterātor" means "teacher of reading."

Did you Know?

A littérateur is someone knowledgeable about literature. If you want to find someone who loves books, you would look for a bibliophile. It is possible to find a collector of rare books, for example, who doesn't know the material well, but a littérateur and a bibliophile are likely more often one and the same.

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