novel

1
[ nov-uh l ]
/ ˈnɒv əl /

noun

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).

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Origin of novel

1
1560–70; < Italian novella (storia) new kind of story. See novel2

OTHER WORDS FROM novel

nov·el·like, adjective

Definition for novel (2 of 3)

novel2
[ nov-uhl ]
/ ˈnɒv əl /

adjective

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.

Origin of novel

2
First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English (from Middle French, Old French), from Latin novellus “fresh, young, novel,” diminutive of novus new; see new

synonym study for novel

See new.

Definition for novel (3 of 3)

novel3
[ nov-uh l ]
/ ˈnɒv əl /

noun

Roman Law.
  1. an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials.
  2. 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.

Origin of novel

3
1605–15; < Late Latin novella (constitūtiō) a new (regulation, order). See novel2
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British Dictionary definitions for novel (1 of 3)

novel1
/ (ˈnɒvəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for novel

C15: from Old French novelle, from Latin novella (narrātiō) new (story); see novel ²

British Dictionary definitions for novel (2 of 3)

novel2
/ (ˈnɒvəl) /

adjective

of a kind not seen before; fresh; new; originala novel suggestion

Word Origin for novel

C15: from Latin novellus new, diminutive of novus new

British Dictionary definitions for novel (3 of 3)

novel3
/ (ˈnɒvəl) /

noun

Roman law a new decree or an amendment to an existing statuteSee also Novels
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Cultural definitions for novel

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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