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belles-let•tres



Pronunciation: ( Fr. bel-le'tru), [key]
n.pl.
1. literature regarded as a fine art, esp. as having a purely aesthetic function.
2. light and elegant literature, esp. that which is excessively refined, characterized by aestheticism, and minor in subject, substance, or scope.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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