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."
Popularity Over Time
We've held onto the French spelling for this word describing a lover of literature, but it can be traced back farther to Latin. In Latin, "littera" means letter of the alphabet, but in the plural it gains the meaning of literature or culture.
Did you Know?
A littérateur is someone knowledgable about literature. If you want to find someone who loves literature, however, you would look for a bibliophile. They just might be one and the same!