Origin of novelMiddle English novell from Old French novel from Classical Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new
- Obs. 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 of novel< 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 of novelIt novella < L neut. pl. of novellus (see novelthe adjective), hence, orig., new things, news