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[foi-i-tn; French fœyuh-tawn]
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noun, plural feuil·le·tons [foi-i-tnz; French fœyuh-tawn] /ˈfɔɪ ɪ tnz; French fœyəˈtɔ̃/.
  1. a part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
  2. an item printed in the feuilleton.
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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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Historical Examples

  • In 1827-28, during its palmiest days, the Constitutionnel had no Roman feuilleton.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851


  • "I always like to read the feuilleton on the drama," I said.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Fedor Ivnitch shuddered: the feuilleton was marked with a pencil.

    A Nobleman's Nest

    Ivan Turgenieff

  • These extracts do not occur in the feuilleton as published in English.

    The Key to the Bront Works

    John Malham-Dembleby

  • He is also to publish a new novel in the feuilleton of the Siècle.

British Dictionary definitions for feuilleton


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

Word Origin

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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