/ ˈnɒvəlz /

plural noun

  1. Roman law the new statutes of Justinian and succeeding emperors supplementing the Institutes, Digest, and Code: now forming part of the Corpus Juris Civilis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Novels1

Latin Novellae ( constitūtiōnēs ) new (laws)

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Example Sentences

The Daily Beast selects, in no particular order, our nominations for the best stories and novels published in 2014.

Imagining novels as biological specimens creates a crazed and mythic zoology of hybrids, beasts, mutants, and aberrations.

She avoids an exhaustively descriptive definition because she opposes condemning all novels based on the flaws of some novels.

Austen is perfectly aware that many books called novels do not display “the greatest powers of the mind.”

It might seem obvious to say that novels are “fictitious,” but certain ones are composed almost entirely of facts.

If you do not give up thinking and take to nonsense and novels, I shall be called to take you through a nervous fever.

Many novels are hurtful because of the many false ideas interwoven in the stories.

He wrote novels with extreme rapidity and, consequently, he did not take time for literary refinement as many authors do.

In her novels, Miss Glasgow presents a social history of Virginia from about 1851 to 1945.

Such a description would not now be tolerated in one of our most insipid novels.