1. of or relating to or characteristic of literature
; - Example: "literary criticism"
2. knowledgeable about literature
; - Example: "a literary style"
3. appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing
; - Example: "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Literary \Lit"er*a*ry\ (l[i^]t"[~e]r*[asl]*r[y^]), a. [L.
litterarius, literarius, fr. littera, litera, a letter: cf.
F. litt['e]raire. See Letter.]
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.
(a) Property which consists in written or printed
(b) The exclusive right of publication as recognized and
limited by law.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of or relating to or characteristic of literature;
2: knowledgeable about literature; "a literary style"
3: appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or
writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an
affected literary style"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "literary":
academic, belletristic, bibliophagic, bluestocking, book-fed,
book-learned, book-loving, book-minded, book-read, book-wise,
bookish, booky, classical, cultivated, cultured, donnish, educated,
erudite, formal, inkhorn, learned, lettered, literate, pedantic,
refined, scholarly, scholastic, well-read, written