[ foi-i-tn; French fœyuh-tawn ]
/ ˈfɔɪ ɪ tn; French fœyəˈtɔ̃ /

noun, plural feuil·le·tons [foi-i-tnz; French fœyuh-tawn] /ˈfɔɪ ɪ tnz; French fœyəˈtɔ̃/.

a part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
an item printed in the feuilleton.

Origin of feuilleton

1835–45; < French, equivalent to feuillet little leaf (feuille (< Latin folium leaf) + -et -et) + -on noun suffix
Related formsfeuil·le·ton·ism [foi-i-tn-iz-uh m, fœ-yi-] /ˈfɔɪ ɪ tnˌɪz əm, ˈfœ yɪ-/, nounfeuil·le·ton·ist, nounfeuil·le·ton·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for feuilleton


/ (ˈfʊɪˌtɒn, French fœjtɔ̃) /


the part of a European newspaper carrying reviews, serialized fiction, etc
such a review or article
Derived Formsfeuilletonism, nounfeuilletonist, nounfeuilletonistic, adjective

Word Origin for feuilleton

C19: from French, from feuillet sheet of paper, diminutive of feuille leaf, from Latin folium
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Word Origin and History for feuilleton



part of a French newspaper devoted to light literature and criticism (usually at the bottom of a page and separated by a rule), 1845, from French feuilleton (18c.), literally "a leaflet (added to a newspaper)," diminutive of feuille "leaf," from Latin folium (see folio).

Esp. applied in F. to the short story or serial with which newspapers filled up after the fall of Napoleon left them short of war news. This was the beginning of Dumas' and Eugène Sue's long novels. [Weekley]
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