from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A writer of belles-lettres.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who writes or is concerned with belles-lettres

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One devoted to belles-lettres.


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  • Soft Skull publisher and all-around NYC belletrist Richard Nash recently posted a scathing opinion piece on this site about Book Expo America's decision to limit floor hours (and effectively cancel an opening night party) at BEA 2010.

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  • David Duchovny reprises the role of Moody, the bawdy, cocksure and terminally lovesick belletrist transplanted from his native New York to Venice Beach.

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  • A PERI-palooza of other groups with a leg up on stardom: Rock Bottom Remainders: Dave Barry, Stephen King and Amy Tan lead belletrist bar band.

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  • One of the five he named is philosopher and belletrist Brandon Watson of Siris who, declining to use the delightfully ego-stroking graphic offered to us, has in turned memed me.

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  • Peter Riis, proprietor of The New Companion and a "shameless and hardened belletrist," noticed the recent renaissance of hat-related posts here and sent me a link to a glorious advertisement he had posted a couple of years ago:THE PRICE OF FRIENDSHIP. DON'T FORGET PERRING'S HATS.

  • Today belles lettres both in French and English, is used rather rarely and the noun “belletrist” and the adjective “belletristic” have assumed a faintly derisive shade of frivolity and incon - sequence.


  • Bond-like hero than erudite belletrist, alluding as nonchalantly to Rage Against the Machine and Bart Simpson as he does 19th century radical French mathematician évariste Galois and René Top Stories

  • But writers who overtly seek political change through fiction rarely succeed, according to British belletrist Ferdinand Mount, former editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

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  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an essayist, belletrist, and researcher. - Business News

  • Nicholas Taleb is an essayist, belletrist, and researcher. - Business News


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