Literature regarded for its aesthetic value rather than its didactic or informative content.(noun-plural)
Light, stylish writings, usually on literary or intellectual subjects.(noun-plural)
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Use "belles-lettres" in a sentence
"It has also given us some wild cards, unexpected treats that belong on the shelf once labeled belles-lettres but now more commonly known (thanks to Dave Eggers's annual paperback anthologies) as nonrequired reading."
"Throughout her life, Bracha Habas sought also to engage in belles-lettres."
"American scholarly trends, steering their students away from popular pulp literature to belles-lettres."