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[nov-uh-let] /ˌnɒv əˈlɛt/
a brief novel or long short story.
Origin of novelette
First recorded in 1805-15; novel1 + -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As a parody of how some quite accomplished but unsympathetic pianist performed the novelette it was beyond all praise.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • His name sounds like the hero of a servant's novelette, but he doesn't look like that.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • In 'John,' re-published from Blackwood's Magazine, which is a novelette rather than a novel, she is very felicitous.

  • The short story was finished and submitted long in advance of the novelette.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • His first thought was in terms of the novelette, but those terms would not embrace Mrs. Copas or her present attitude.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • Sir, let me tell youthe father in that there novelette come round.

    Mary Broome Allan Monkhouse
  • My novelette is done, and I am waiting to hear of its fate before starting.

  • That she should put his name, instead of hers, to the novelette?

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • The novelette can have almost as perfect form as the novella.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for novelette


an extended prose narrative story or short novel
a novel that is regarded as being slight, trivial, or sentimental
a short piece of lyrical music, esp one for the piano
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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