Literature meaning

lĭtər-ə-cho͝or, -chər
The body of written works of a language, period, or culture.
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The profession of an author; production of writings, esp. of imaginative prose, verse, etc.
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The body of written work produced by scholars or researchers in a given field.

Medical literature.

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Printed matter of any kind, as advertising, campaign leaflets, etc.
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The art or occupation of a literary writer.
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Imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value.
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Printed material.

Collected all the available literature on the subject.

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(archaic) Acquaintance with books; literary knowledge.
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All the compositions for a specific musical instrument, voice, or ensemble.
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(music) All the compositions of a certain kind or for a specific instrument or ensemble.

The symphonic literature.

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The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group, or culture.
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Literature is defined as books and other written works, especially those considered to have creative or artistic merit or lasting value.

Books written by Charles Dickens are an example of literature.

Books written on a scientific subject are examples of scientific literature.

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Written fiction of a high standard.

However, even "literary" science fiction rarely qualifies as literature, because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. - Adam Cadre, 2008

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All the papers, treatises, etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
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The body of all written works.
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Origin of literature

  • Middle English book learning from Old French litterature from Latin litterātūra from litterātus lettered literate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin literatura or litteratura.

    From Wiktionary