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[bil-doo ngz-roh-mahn; German beel-doo ngks-raw-mahn] /ˈbɪl dʊŋz roʊˌmɑn; German ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑn/
noun, plural Bildungsromans German, Bildungsromane
[beel-doo ngks-raw-mah-nuh] /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/ (Show IPA)
a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
Origin of Bildungsroman
1905-10; < German, equivalent to Bildung formation + -s noun ending in compounds + Roman novel Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Bildungsroman


a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development
Word Origin
literally: education novel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bildungsroman

1910, from German Bildungsroman, from Bildung "education, formation, growth" (from Bild "picture, image, figure;" Old High German bilade) + roman "novel" (see romance). A novel set in the formative years, or the time of spiritual education, of the main character.

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