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1A person engaged in literary pursuits; a writer; = "littérateur". Now rare.
2A person concerned with textual criticism, commentary, and analysis. Now rare.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin litterātor (also literātor) schoolteacher, frequently used disparagingly, in post-classical Latin also writer, author from littera + -tor, suffix forming agent nouns.
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