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Bildungsroman

[ bil-doongz-roh-mahn; German beel-doongks-raw-mahn ]

noun

, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne [beel, -d, oo, ngks-, r, aw-mah-n, uh].
  1. a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.


Bildungsroman

/ ˈbɪldʊŋsromaːn /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Bildungsroman1

1905–10; < German, equivalent to Bildung formation + -s noun ending in compounds + Roman novel

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Bildungsroman1

literally: education novel

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Example Sentences

The sexual bildungsroman, for the uninitiated, centers on Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a 15-year-old high school student in Lille.

Penelope is closer in sensibility to an anodyne sitcom than a precocious bildungsroman.

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