bel·​le·​trist | \ bel-ˈle-trist How to pronounce belletrist (audio) \
variants: or less commonly belle-lettrist

Definition of belletrist

: a writer of belles lettres Nikos Demou was a prosperous advertising executive in Athens with his own firm until runaway success with a series of books, essays and articles on the Greek identity crisis enabled him to earn a more than comfortable living as a journalist and belletrist.— Robert Fox

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Other Words from belletrist

belletristic or less commonly belle-lettristic \ ˌbe-​lə-​ˈtri-​stik How to pronounce belle-lettristic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of belletrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Locke the glossy belletrist gave way to Locke the fellow-traveller, Locke the savvy champion of proletarian realism. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of belletrist

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for belletrist

belles lettres

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“Belletrist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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