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  • noun Literature intended to appeal primarily to women, especially books that emphasize human relationships and emotions rather than action or adventure.

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  • noun often pejorative Literature perceived to appeal to, or be marketed at, young women, typically concerning romantic dilemmas.

Etymologies

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From the English slang word chick, "girl", "woman", + lit as an abbreviation for the English word literature.

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  • "n. A literary genre that features books written by women and focusing on young, quirky, female protagonists. Also: chick-lit." --Word Spy

    March 22, 2010