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noun [uncountable] literature pronunciation in British English /ˈlɪtrətʃə(r)/
  1. 1
    stories, poems, and plays, especially those that are considered to have value as art and not just entertainment

    great works of literature

    She is studying German language and literature.

  2. 2
    books or other printed information about a subject

    Police discovered racist literature in his home.

    1. a.
      academic books and articles published about a particular subject
      literature on:

      Recent literature on cancer emphasizes the importance of diet.

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