Bildungsroman [ bil-d oo ngz-roh-mahn; German beel-d oo ngks- raw-mahn] Word Origin noun, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne . [ beel-d oo ngks- raw-mah-n uh] /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/ 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
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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
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Word Origin and History for bildungsroman Bildungsroman n.
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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