||Belles-let"tres (&?;), n. pl. [F.]
Polite or elegant literature; the humanities; -- used somewhat vaguely
for literary works in which imagination and taste are
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Belles-lettres, that department of literature which implies literary
culture and belongs to the domain of art, whatever the subject may be or
the special form; it includes poetry, the drama, fiction, and criticism.
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