Definitions of literature

  1. the humanistic study of a body of literature; " he took a course in French literature"
  2. creative writing of recognized artistic value
  3. Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.
  4. The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period; as, the literature of Biblical criticism; the literature of chemistry.
  5. The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles- lettres.
  6. The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.
  7. The science of letters or what is written: the whole body of literary compositions in any language, or on a given subject: all literary productions except those relating to positive science and art, usually confined, however, to the belles- lettres.
  8. Science of letters or learning; body of literary works.
  9. Written or printed works of superior merit; learning.
  10. Acquaintance with books; the collective body of literary productions of a country or an age, in general or in some special department; in a special sense, that body of literary compositions which, to the exclusion of merely philosophical, scientific, and technical works, are occupied mainly with that which is spiritual in its nature and imaginative in its form, whether in the world of fact or the world of fiction; the profession of letters; belles letters.
  11. Written compositions, except those on science or art; writings or productions on a given subject; acquaintance with books; learning.