1. [ adjective ] ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge
Synonyms: ignorant

"ignorant of quantum mechanics" "musically illiterate"

Related terms: uneducated
2. [ adjective ] not able to read or write
Related terms: literate semiliterate preliterate analphabetic semiliterate functionally_illiterate uneducated literacy
3. [ noun ] a person unable to read
Synonyms: analphabetic nonreader illiterate_person
Related terms: ignoramus functional_illiterate analphabet
Similar spelling:   illiteracy