[ noh-vel-uh ]
/ noʊˈvɛl ə /

noun, plural no·vel·las, no·vel·le [noh-vel-ee, -vel-ey] /noʊˈvɛl i, -ˈvɛl eɪ/.

a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.

Nearby words

  1. novelette,
  2. novelettish,
  3. novelist,
  4. novelistic,
  5. novelize,
  6. novello,
  7. novels,
  8. novelty,
  9. november,
  10. novemdecillion

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for novelle


/ (nəʊˈvɛlə) /

noun plural -las or -le (-leɪ)

(formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
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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