belles-lettres[bel le′tr', -trə]
Origin: French literally , beautiful letters, fine literature
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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.