Meaning of LITERAL in English


lit ‧ e ‧ ral /ˈlɪt ə rəl/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: Medieval Latin literalis , from Latin littera ; ⇨ ↑ letter 1 ]

1 . the literal meaning of a word or expression is its basic or original meaning ⇨ figurative

literal meaning/sense/interpretation etc

A trade war is not a war in the literal sense.

2 . literal translation a translation that translates each word exactly instead of giving the general meaning in a more natural way OPP free

3 . literal-minded not showing much imagination

—literalness noun [uncountable]

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