- 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 novelle
A theme is proposed, and the Novelle are intended to exemplify it.
In style the Novelle are, as might be expected, very unequal.
I need not give any references to the Novelle of this groveling type.
The right novel is never a congeries of novelle, as might appear to the uninspired.Literature and Life
William Dean Howells
And these novelle became, as is generally known, common in English translations after the middle of the sixteenth century.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
Word Origin and History for novelle
1902; see novel (n.).
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