What does the word literal mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Literalness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Literally.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Word for word; not figurative; exact.

Usage examples for literal

  1. " I think I mentioned then that I referred to the sea, in the literal sense of the word," she went on. – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  2. It is certain, I believe, that the original stone did not bear the name of Shakespeare, any more than its successor: but it is not certain that the four lines appear upon the new stone in exactly the same literal form as they did upon the old one. – Shakespeare's Bones by C. M. Ingleby
  3. I promise that, after the hunt is over, I will describe the proceedings to you with the most literal accuracy. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh