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Jan 9, 2015
This week’s theme
Words relating to books

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bildungsroman
longueur
peripeteia
locus classicus
litterateur
litterateur
Sebastian Junger, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Orwell, Tolkein
Illustrations/photo: SAM MOrrison

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with Anu Garg

litterateur

PRONUNCIATION:
(lit-uhr-uh-TUR, lit-ruh-)

MEANING:
noun: An author of literary or critical works.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French littérateur, from Latin litterator (teacher of letters, grammarian, critic), from litterae (letters, literature), from littera (letter). Earliest documented use: 1806.

USAGE:
“No major English cemetery would be complete without its poets and litterateurs.”
Carolyn Lyons; A Visit to London’s Cemeteries; Los Angeles Times; Mar 17, 2013.

See more usage examples of litterateur in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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