literature

literature [lit′ər ə chər, li′trəchoor΄]
n.
[ME litterature < OFr < L litteratura < littera, LETTER1]
1. the profession of an author; production of writings, esp. of imaginative prose, verse, etc.
2.
a) all writings in prose or verse, esp. those of an imaginative or critical character, without regard to their excellence: often distinguished from scientific writing, news reporting, etc.
b) all of such writings considered as having permanent value, excellence of form, great emotional effect, etc.
c) all the writings of a particular time, country, region, etc., specif. those regarded as having lasting value because of their beauty, imagination, etc. [American literature]
d) all the writings dealing with a particular subject [the medical literature]
3. all the compositions for a specific musical instrument, voice, or ensemble
4. printed matter of any kind, as advertising, campaign leaflets, etc.
5. Archaic acquaintance with books; literary knowledge

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