Part of speech: noun

Men of letters; scholars.

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Usage examples "literati":

  1. It is worth all the digamma disquisitions in the world; and France, as well as Italy, was once rich in historical Literati. - "A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two", Thomas Frognall Dibdin.
  2. There were chairs of all the sciences and " some of the professors have, notwithstanding the vast distance, gained the applause of the literati of Europe." - "Education: How Old The New", James J. Walsh.
  3. Strabo limits this title to one branch of the Chaldeans, who were literati, and observers of the heavens; and even of these to one sect only. - "A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I.", Jacob Bryant.