novel

1
[ nov-uhl ]
/ 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-uhl ]
/ 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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