Definition of illiterati in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ilidəˈrädē/

plural noun

People who are not well educated or well informed about a particular subject or sphere of activity: a discussion that made few concessions to the scientific illiterati a member of the computer illiterati
More example sentences
  • Many of these potential and actual readers were computer illiterati buying their first machine, and needed intelligible guidance.
  • For the economic illiterati, the solution is simple.
  • Abolishing the Arts Council might put enough money back into our pockets to enable us to patronise opera or whatever art form we prefer - by our own choice, not the imposed will of the illiterati.


Late 18th century: from Latin illitterati, plural of illiteratus.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: il·li·te·ra·ti

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.