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novella

[noh-vel-uh]
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noun, plural no·vel·las, no·vel·le [noh-vel-ee, -vel-ey] /noʊˈvɛl i, -ˈvɛl eɪ/.
  1. a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
  2. a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.
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Origin of novella

From Italian, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at novel1
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  • Perhaps he was going to perish here, without seeing the Novella again.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont

  • The Novella stooped towards the prisoner and touched his face with her lips.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont

  • In both cases the difference of the novella is in the motive, or the origination.

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells

  • The novelette can have almost as perfect form as the novella.

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells

  • In other words the novella was actually (though still in miniature) a novel in nature as well as in name.

    The English Novel

    George Saintsbury


British Dictionary definitions for novella

novella

noun plural -las or -le (-leɪ)
  1. (formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
  2. a short novel; novelette
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Word Origin

C20: from Italian; see novel 1
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Word Origin and History for novella

1902; see novel (n.).

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