1. Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation.
He has long outlived his century, the term commonly fixed as the test of literary merit. --Johnson.
2. Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man.
In the literary as well as fashionable world. --Mason.
Literary property. (a) Property which consists in written or printed compositions. (b) The exclusive right of publication as recognized and limited by law.
adj 1: of or relating to or characteristic of literature; "literary
2: knowledgeable about literature; "a literary style" [syn: well-written]
3: appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or
writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an
affected literary style"