- The definition of novel is something new or different.
An example of novel is an idea that has never been thought of before.
- Novel is defined as a fictional book.
An example of a novel is a book by Louisa May Alcott
A person reading a novel.
novel definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English novell ; from Old French novel ; from Classical Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new
- Obsolete novella (sense )
- a relatively long fictional prose narrative with a more or less complex plot or pattern of events, about actions, feelings, motives, etc. of a group of characters
- the type or form of literature represented by such narratives: with the
Origin: < LL novellae (constitutiones)Rom. Law a new law or decree, specif. one made by Justinian supplementary to the Justinian code: usually used in pl.
Origin: It novella < L neut. pl. of novellus (see novelthe ), hence, orig., new things, news
novel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
- The literary genre represented by novels.
Origin: Ultimately from Italian novella, from Old Italian, piece of news, chit-chat, tale, from Vulgar Latin *novella, from neuter pl. of Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin novellus, diminutive of novus; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
- novˈel·ly adverb
novel - Cultural Definition
A long, fictional narration in prose. Great Expectations and Huckleberry Finn are novels, as are War and Peace and Lord of the Flies.