Ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people.
- Unable to read and write.
- Having little or no formal education.
- Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.
- Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.
- Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.