1 adj Literary means concerned with or connected with the writing, study, or appreciation of literature.
usu ADJ n
She's the literary editor of the `Sunday Review'., ...a literary masterpiece.
2 adj Literary words and expressions are often unusual in some way and are used to create a special effect in a piece of writing such as a poem, speech, or novel.
Literary criticism is the academic study of the techniques used in the creation of literature. n-uncount
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