literature
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin litteratura writing, grammar, learning, from litteratus Date: 14th century 1. archaic literary culture 2. the production of literary work especially as an occupation 3. a. (1) writings in prose or verse; especially writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest (2) an example of such writings <
what came out, though rarely literature, was always a roaring good story — People
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b. the body of written works produced in a particular language, country, or age c. the body of writings on a particular subject <
scientific literature
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d. printed matter (as leaflets or circulars) <
campaign literature
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4. the aggregate of a usually specified type of musical compositions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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