belles-lettres[bel le′tr', -trə]
belles-lettres definition by Webster's New World
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literature as one of the fine arts; imaginative writings as distinguished from technical and scientific writings, esp. when characterized by a polished, highly literary style and, often, a somewhat dilettantish manner
Origin: French literally , beautiful letters, fine literature
belles-lettres definition by American Heritage Dictionary
plural noun (used with a sing. verb)
- Literature regarded for its aesthetic value rather than its didactic or informative content.
- Light, stylish writings, usually on literary or intellectual subjects.
Origin: French : belles, fine + lettres, letters, literature.