- 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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1. See literature.
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Related Words for belletristicclassical, scholarly, classic, humanistic, academic, attic, Latin, Hellenic, Doric, Greek, roman, scholastic, Ionic, Grecian, bookish, erudite, formal, learned, lettered, literate
Examples from the Web for belletristic
Historical Examples of belletristic
In belletristic literature, also, we find occasional references to the love-sentiment in childhood.The Sexual Life of the Child
The belletristic and the puritanical conceptions of life presented themselves in their profoundest antithesis.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt
L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
- (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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