Meaning of non-literary in English:


Pronunciation /nɒnˈlɪt(ə)rəri/


  • (of a piece or style of writing) not literary in character.

    ‘I began this chapter by noting that literary theory in the 1980s and 1990s has not focused on the difference between literary and non-literary works.’
    • ‘One of this book's many strengths is its attention to various writers and texts - both dramatic and non-dramatic, literary and non-literary.’
    • ‘The second fact Ducan misses is that many innovative poets partake of a range of literary and non-literary avant-garde practices.’
    • ‘And while the rainbow can be understood as a covenant made between the artist and nature, it also seems like a symbol; it is a literary intrusion in an otherwise non-literary poem.’
    • ‘I used to be a snob about non-literary texts but am enjoying the mélange more and more.’