Pronunciation: (lit'u-rer"ē),[key] —adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, esp. those classed as literature: literary history. 2. pertaining to authorship: literary style. 3. versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
4. engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man. 5. characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
6. preferring books to actual experience; bookish.