Meaning of littérateur in English:


Pronunciation /ˌlɪtərɑːˈtəː/


  • A person who is interested in and knowledgeable about literature.

    ‘a collaboration between the most distinguished poets and littérateurs of the day’
    • ‘On board the middle-aged littérateur is mightily pleased with himself - more particularly he is pleased with his literary reputation and power.’
    • ‘The reality seems to have been that in these years the young littérateur, entirely wrapped up in discoveries and experiments of the imagination, effectively ignored the fate of his country.’
    • ‘One's opinions on veracity might determine whether or not one agrees with the proposition that Tristram Shandy is an appropriate model for the on-line littérateur.’
    • ‘With his staggeringly prolific output of soundtracks, operas, theatre works, string quartets, symphonies, and concerti, Philip Glass has become the classical musical analogue to littérateur Joyce Carol Oates.’
    • ‘Three years ago, celebrated littérateur Arundhati Roy made a mind-boggling comparison.’
    writer, feature writer, contributor, journalist, correspondent, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newsman, newswoman


Early 19th century French.