- a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
- a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.
Origin of novella
From Italian, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at novel1
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Examples from the Web for novella
And in some ways [the novella at the end of the collection] “Jack and the Mad Dog” just sort of set me free.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
I see my novella as being part of that—as part of the social discourse.
I tried to make that clear in the author's note at the start of the novella, but it seems that I was not emphatic enough.
The surprise is that the 127-page novella is far from terrible and creepy.
Three years later, I returned to Beijing and wrote my first novella—Stick Out Your Tongue, inspired by my travels through Tibet.Ma Jian: How I Write
June 12, 2013
Perhaps he was going to perish here, without seeing the Novella again.
The Novella stooped towards the prisoner and touched his face with her lips.
In both cases the difference of the novella is in the motive, or the origination.
The novelette can have almost as perfect form as the novella.
In other words the novella was actually (though still in miniature) a novel in nature as well as in name.The English Novel
- (formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
- a short novel; novelette
C20: from Italian; see novel 1
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Word Origin and History for novella
1902; see novel (n.).
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