a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.
(formerly) novella (def. 1).
- nov·el·like, adjective
Other definitions for novel (2 of 3)
of a new and unusual kind; different from anything seen or known before: a novel idea.
not previously detected or reported: the emergence of novel strains of the virus.
Other definitions for novel (3 of 3)
an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials.
Usually Novels , imperial enactments subsequent to the promulgation of Justinian's Code and supplementary to it: one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
Civil Law. an amendment to a statute.
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How to use novel in a sentence
When the novel coronavirus shut down schools in March, school and youth athletics were also supposed to be shuttered.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It may be some time before we determine how the novel coronavirus will be influenced by the changing seasons.COVID-19 may one day come and go like the flu, but we’re not there yet | Kate Baggaley | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Since the novel coronavirus was first detected in December, it has spread around the world and flourished in all kinds of climates.COVID-19 may one day come and go like the flu, but we’re not there yet | Kate Baggaley | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
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Submission is less a novel of ideas than a political book, and of the most subversive kind.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Houellebecq on Thursday announced that he is suspending promotion of the novel.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was not originally so uninhibited, however, as can now be seen in his “lost” novel, Skylight.
His books include Render unto Rome and a novel about Louisiana politics, Last of the Red Hot Poppas.
None of these writers set out to write an “immigrant novel,” or to make political statements.
But the novel disappeared under the clothes with amazing celerity as the voice of her sister-in-law demanded admission.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Once on my legs I found that nervousness left me, words came freely and I even enjoyed the novel experience.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
You will not read the book with the rapidity with which some young ladies are said to devour the latest novel.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
I tried to forget the grotesque exhibition I had stumbled upon, in the novel and interesting scene about me.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
I have a mild grievance against that talented lady, Miss Marjorie Bowen, for labelling her latest novel "a romantic fantasy."
British Dictionary definitions for novel (1 of 3)
an extended work in prose, either fictitious or partly so, dealing with character, action, thought, etc, esp in the form of a story
the novel the literary genre represented by novels
(usually plural) obsolete a short story or novella, as one of those in the Decameron of Boccaccio
British Dictionary definitions for novel (2 of 3)
of a kind not seen before; fresh; new; original: a novel suggestion
British Dictionary definitions for novel (3 of 3)
Roman law a new decree or an amendment to an existing statute: See also Novels
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Cultural definitions for novel
A long, fictional narration in prose. Great Expectations and Huckleberry Finn are novels, as are War and Peace and Lord of the Flies.
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