Definition of literature in English:


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  • 1Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.

    • ‘a great work of literature’
    written works, writings, writing, creative writing, literary texts, compositions, letters, belles-lettres
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    1. 1.1Books and writings published on a particular subject.
      • ‘the literature on environmental epidemiology’
      publications, published writings, texts, reports, studies, relevant works
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    2. 1.2Leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice.
      • ‘advertising and promotional literature’
      printed matter, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, circulars, flyers, handouts, handbills, mailshots, bulletins, documentation, publicity, blurb, notices, information, data, facts
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/ˈlidər(ə)CHər/ /ˈlɪdər(ə)tʃər/ /ˈlidərəˌCHo͝or/ /ˈlɪdərəˌtʃʊr/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘knowledge of books’): via French from Latin litteratura, from littera (see letter).