Definition of lettrism in English:


(also lettrisme)

Pronunciation /ˈlɛtrɪz(ə)m/

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  • A movement in French art and literature characterized by a repudiation of meaning and the use of letters (sometimes invented) as isolated units.

    The movement, which was influenced by both Dadaism and Surrealism, was founded by the Romanian-born poet Isidore Isou (1925–2007).


1940s; earliest use found in Time. From French lettrisme (although this is first attested slightly later: 1947 in the title of a work by Isidore Isou) from lettre + -isme.