belles-lettres[bel le′tr', -trə]
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 of belles-lettresFrench literally , beautiful letters, fine literature
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 of belles-lettresFrench : belles, fine + lettres, letters, literature.
- Alternative spelling of belles-lettres.