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Bildungsroman

[bil-doo ngz-roh-mahn; German beel-doo ngks-raw-mahn]
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noun, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne [beel-doo ngks-raw-mah-nuh] /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/.
  1. 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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Related Words for bildungsromane

saga, Bildungsroman, roman-fleuve

British Dictionary definitions for bildungsromane

Bildungsroman

noun
  1. a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development
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Word Origin for Bildungsroman

literally: education novel
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Word Origin and History for bildungsromane

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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