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.
- bel·let·rist [bel-le-trist], /bɛlˈlɛ trɪst/, noun
- bel·let·ris·tic [bel-li-tris-tik], /ˌbɛl lɪˈtrɪs tɪk/, adjective
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How to use belles-lettres in a sentence
Yet you are also bringing them back to something belletristic that harkens back to an editorial golden age.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life | David Yaffe | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In belletristic literature, also, we find occasional references to the love-sentiment in childhood.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
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
British Dictionary definitions for belles-lettres
(functioning as singular) literary works, esp essays and poetry, valued for their aesthetic rather than their informative or moral content
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