a person who writes novels.

Origin of novelist

First recorded in 1575–85; novel1 + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for novelist

writer, storyteller, author, fictionist

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a writer of novels
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Word Origin and History for novelist

"writer of novels," 1728, hybrid from novel (n.) + -ist. Influenced by Italian novellista. Earlier in English, it meant "an innovator" (1580s).

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