1Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.
written works, writings, writing, creative writing, literary texts, compositions, letters, belles-lettresView synonyms
- ‘a great work of literature’
- 1.1Books and writings published on a particular subject.
publications, published writings, texts, reports, studies, relevant worksView synonyms
- ‘the literature on environmental epidemiology’
- 1.2Leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice.
printed matter, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, circulars, flyers, handouts, handbills, mailshots, bulletins, documentation, publicity, blurb, notices, information, data, factsView synonyms
- ‘advertising and promotional literature’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘knowledge of books’): via French from Latin litteratura, from littera (see letter).
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