Definition of belles-lettres noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌbel ˈletrə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbel ˈletrə//
[uncountable + singular or plural verb] (from French, old-fashioned)
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studies or writings on the subject of literature or art, contrasted with those on technical or scientific subjects Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, literally ‘fine letters’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: belles-lettres