If you can read this sentence and write one of your own, you possess literacy.

In Latin, littera means "letter." Back in the day, a person who could read and write was described as lettered. Literacy can also mean having knowledge or ability in a more specific area. Since you bought grandma that laptop, her computer literacy has really improved: she just posted her newest exercise video.

Definitions of literacy

n the ability to read and write

analphabetism, illiteracy
an inability to read
Type of:
accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
an ability that has been acquired by training

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