belles lettres

belles let·tres

noun plural but singular in construction \bel-letrə\

Definition of BELLES LETTRES

:  literature that is an end in itself and not merely informative; specifically :  light, entertaining, and often sophisticated literature


French, literally, fine letters
First Known Use: 1665


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