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Definition of "unlettered" []

  • Not adept at reading and writing; deficient in the knowledge that can be acquired from books. (adjective)
  • Illiterate. (adjective)
  • Having no lettering: a plain, unlettered T-shirt. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unlettered" in a sentence
  • "He said that nobody with Trace's education would EVER used an "unlettered" dialect."
  • "Leonardo described himself as "unlettered" because he was unable to read Latin, the language used by other Renaissance intellectuals."
  • "This post with its piece of bark was neither more nor less than a letter, such as unlettered men in all ages have used for holding intercourse with absent friends."