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Origin of novelette

First recorded in 1805–15; novel1 + -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. an extended prose narrative story or short novel
  2. a novel that is regarded as being slight, trivial, or sentimental
  3. a short piece of lyrical music, esp one for the piano
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