Definition of belletrist in English:

belletrist

noun

  • A person who writes essays, particularly on literary and artistic criticism, that are composed and read primarily for their aesthetic effect.

    ‘a fine scholar of literature and history as well as a sublime belletrist’

Origin

Early 19th century (earlier as adjective belles-lettristical): from belles-lettres.

Pronunciation

belletrist

/bɛlˈlɛtrɪst/