novelist

[ nov-uh-list ]
/ ˈnɒv ə lɪst /

noun

a person who writes novels.

Nearby words

  1. novaya zemlya,
  2. novel,
  3. novelese,
  4. novelette,
  5. novelettish,
  6. novelistic,
  7. novelize,
  8. novella,
  9. novello,
  10. novels

Origin of novelist

First recorded in 1575–85; novel1 + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for novelist

novelist

/ (ˈnɒvəlɪst) /

noun

a writer of novels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for novelist

novelist

n.

"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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