• The body of all written works.
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
  • All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
  • Written fiction of a high standard.


  • From Middle English literature, from Old French littérature, from Latin literatura or litteratura, from littera, from Etruscan, from Ancient Greek διφθέρᾱ ("tablet"). Displaced native Old English bōccræft.

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