- a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.
- (formerly) novella(def 1).
Origin of novel1
- Roman Law.
- an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials.
- Usually Novels,imperial enactments subsequent to the promulgation of Justinian's Code and supplementary to it: one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
- Civil Law. an amendment to a statute.
Origin of novel3
Related Words for novelsdifferent, unusual, offbeat, strange, innovative, unique, odd, peculiar, story, yarn, fiction, tale, narrative, prose, paperback, novella, avant-garde, now, contemporary, singular
Examples from the Web for novels
Contemporary Examples of novels
The Daily Beast selects, in no particular order, our nominations for the best stories and novels published in 2014.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
She avoids an exhaustively descriptive definition because she opposes condemning all novels based on the flaws of some novels.
It might seem obvious to say that novels are “fictitious,” but certain ones are composed almost entirely of facts.
Austen does no better than the lexicographers at delineating a set that comprises all but only novels.
Let Me Be Frank With You is also structurally different from earlier Bascombe novels.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Historical Examples of novels
Must all novels end with an earthly marriage, and nothing be left for heaven?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Novels are taken up to amuse the vacant hour—in this consists their use.
Hinde had read it and thought it was as good as most first novels.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The novel was for him that assiette; and all his novels are here.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Yes, he thought so; but I believed the glow in his tone was for novels.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
- Roman law the new statutes of Justinian and succeeding emperors supplementing the Institutes, Digest, and Code: now forming part of the Corpus Juris Civilis
Word Origin for Novels
- an extended work in prose, either fictitious or partly so, dealing with character, action, thought, etc, esp in the form of a story
- the novel the literary genre represented by novels
- (usually plural) obsolete a short story or novella, as one of those in the Decameron of Boccaccio
Word Origin for novel
- of a kind not seen before; fresh; new; originala novel suggestion
Word Origin for novel
- Roman law a new decree or an amendment to an existing statuteSee also Novels
"new, strange, unusual," early 15c., but little used before 1600, from Old French novel, nouvel "new, young, fresh, recent; additional; early, soon" (Modern French nouveau, fem. nouvelle), from Latin novellus "new, young, recent," diminutive of novus "new" (see new).
"fictitious narrative," 1560s, from Italian novella "short story," originally "new story," from Latin novella "new things" (cf. Middle French novelle, French nouvelle), neuter plural or fem. of novellus (see novel (adj.)). Originally "one of the tales or short stories in a collection" (especially Boccaccio's), later (1630s) "long work of fiction," works which had before that been called romances.
A novel is like a violin bow; the box which gives off the sounds is the soul of the reader. [Stendhal, "Life of Henri Brulard"]
A long, fictional narration in prose. Great Expectations and Huckleberry Finn are novels, as are War and Peace and Lord of the Flies.