Definition of man of letters in English:

man of letters


  • A male scholar or author.

    ‘he wished to fashion for himself a career as a man of letters’
    • ‘Born in Boston, the son of the physician, poet, and man of letters Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Holmes graduated from Harvard College in 1861.’
    • ‘Carlos Fuentes is one of Latin America's most prominent men of letters.’
    • ‘Not only in this country, but in much of Europe, Benjamin Franklin was recognized as a scholar and man of letters.’
    • ‘Returning from America, he settled down to the career of a man of letters.’
    • ‘Sir Walter Scott, Scotland's greatest man of letters, and one of the most beloved authors of all time, was born in Edinburgh on 15 August 1771.’
    • ‘By the end of the decade, his career was flourishing and he was well on his way to establishing his postwar reputation as a man of letters.’
    • ‘He worked for two decades as a government engineer before beginning a second career as a man of letters.’
    • ‘He was also a man of letters and had a parallel career as a writer, medical biographer, and historian.’
    • ‘In 1851, having already embarked on a successful career as man of letters, he paid his first visit to Europe in the company of his family.’
    • ‘He is a man of letters, and we have had a good deal of literary conversation.’
    intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage
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