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So are made the belles-lettres and the beaux-arts and their professors.

The harlots were the Muses of belles-lettres during the Renaissance.

Her books were confined to religious works and belles-lettres.

Upon the tables there were engravings, drawing-books, and works of belles-lettres.

The third stage consists of belles-lettres and essay writing.

In a single department of belles-lettres he had shown mastery.

He was the founder of the academy of belles-lettres at Torneo.

He distinguished himself in the belles-lettres and public affairs.

Works of belles-lettres were submitted to the Spanish Academy.

Sir Thomas objected to the inclusion of belles-lettres as beneath the dignity of the institution he was fostering.

WORD ORIGIN

"elegant literature, aesthetics," 1710, French, literally "fine letters," from belles, plural of belle, fem. of beau "fine, beautiful" (see beau) + lettres, plural of lettre "letter" (see letter). The literary equivalent of beaux arts.

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