literature

[ lit-er-uh-cher, -choo r, li-truh- ]
/ ˈlɪt ər ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, ˈlɪ trə- /

noun

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Origin of literature

1375–1425; late Middle English litterature < Latin litterātūra grammar. See literate, -ure

SYNONYMS FOR literature

1 Literature, belles-lettres, letters refer to artistic writings worthy of being remembered. In the broadest sense, literature includes any type of writings on any subject: the literature of medicine; usually, however, it means the body of artistic writings of a country or period that are characterized by beauty of expression and form and by universality of intellectual and emotional appeal: English literature of the 16th century. Belles-lettres is a more specific term for writings of a light, elegant, or excessively refined character: His talent is not for scholarship but for belles-lettres. Letters (rare today outside of certain fixed phrases) refers to literature as a domain of study or creation: a man of letters.

OTHER WORDS FROM literature

pre·lit·er·a·ture, noun

Words nearby literature

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British Dictionary definitions for literature

literature
/ (ˈlɪtərɪtʃə, ˈlɪtrɪ-) /

noun

written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc, esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest
the body of written work of a particular culture or peopleScandinavian literature
written or printed matter of a particular type or on a particular subjectscientific literature; the literature of the violin
printed material giving a particular type of informationsales literature
the art or profession of a writer
obsolete learning

Word Origin for literature

C14: from Latin litterātūra writing; see letter
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