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novelist

[nov-uh-list]
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noun
  1. a person who writes novels.
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Origin of novelist

First recorded in 1575–85; novel1 + -ist
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novelist

noun
  1. a writer of novels
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Word Origin and History for 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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