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.

Origin of novella

From Italian, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at novel1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

Word Origin for novella

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


1902; see novel (n.).

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