Lit"er*ate (-?t), a. [L. litteratus, literatus. See Letter.] Instructed in learning, science, or literature; learned; lettered.

The literate now chose their emperor, as the military chose theirs.

Lit"er*ate, n. 1. One educated, but not having taken a university degree; especially, such a person who is prepared to take holy orders. [Eng.]

2. A literary man.