Bildungsroman

[ bil-doongz-roh-mahn; German beel-doongks-raw-mahn ]
/ ˈbɪl dʊŋz roʊˌmɑn; German ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑn /

noun, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne [beel-doongks-raw-mah-nuh]. /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/.

a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.

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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

Bildungsroman
/ German (ˈbɪldʊŋsromaːn) /

noun

a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development

Word Origin for Bildungsroman

literally: education novel
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