Lit"er*ate (-?t), a. [L.
litteratus, literatus. See Letter.]
Instructed in learning, science, or literature; learned;
The literate now chose their emperor, as the
military chose theirs. Landor.
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.
2. A literary man.