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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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Related Words for novelle

story, yarn, fiction, tale, narrative, prose, paperback, novella, romance, novelette, potboiler, cliff-hanger, account

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Historical Examples of novelle

  • A theme is proposed, and the Novelle are intended to exemplify it.

    Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature

    John Addington Symonds

  • In style the Novelle are, as might be expected, very unequal.

  • I need not give any references to the Novelle of this groveling type.

  • The right novel is never a congeries of novelle, as might appear to the uninspired.

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells

  • And these novelle became, as is generally known, common in English translations after the middle of the sixteenth century.

    The English Novel

    George Saintsbury

British Dictionary definitions for novelle


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 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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