- literature regarded as a fine art, especially as having a purely aesthetic function.
- light and elegant literature, especially that which is excessively refined, characterized by aestheticism, and minor in subject, substance, or scope.
Origin of belles-lettres
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Related Words for belles-lettresessay, drama, story, novel, prose, information, poetry, research, leaflet, pamphlet, lore, brochure, article, composition, biography, history, poem, literature, piece, publication
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Historical Examples of belles-lettres
So are made the belles-lettres and the beaux-arts and their professors.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
The harlots were the Muses of belles-lettres during the Renaissance.
Her books were confined to religious works and belles-lettres.
Upon the tables there were engravings, drawing-books, and works of belles-lettres.Hortense, Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
The third stage consists of belles-lettres and essay writing.History of Education
- (functioning as singular) literary works, esp essays and poetry, valued for their aesthetic rather than their informative or moral content