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
Synonyms for belles-lettres
1. See literature.
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Related Words for belletristbrain, intellectual, savant, scholar, belletrist, litterateur, wordsmith
a writer of belles-lettres
(functioning as singular) literary works, esp essays and poetry, valued for their aesthetic rather than their informative or moral content
Word Origin for belles-lettres
C17: from French: fine letters
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