literary Definition

concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form.

Using literary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "literary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has a literary background and is well-versed in classic literature.

  • Example

    The author's literary style is characterized by vivid imagery and poetic language.

  • Example

    The book club focuses on literary works from different cultures and time periods.

literary Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for literary

Phrases with literary

  • a technique used by writers to convey meaning or create effects in their writing, such as metaphor, simile, or alliteration


    The author uses various literary devices to create a sense of tension and suspense in the story.

  • the evaluation, analysis, interpretation, and study of literature


    The professor specializes in literary criticism and has published several books on the subject.

  • a body of literature that is considered to be important and influential within a particular culture or time period


    The literary canon of the Romantic era includes works by poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.


Summary: literary in Brief

The term 'literary' [ˈlɪtəreri] refers to anything related to literature, including its writing, study, or content. It often denotes high-quality writing with attention to form and style, as in 'The author's literary style is characterized by vivid imagery and poetic language.' Other examples include 'literary device,' 'literary criticism,' and 'literary canon.'

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