- 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.
Origin of novelMiddle 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 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 ), hence, orig., new things, news
- 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 of novelUltimately from Old Italian novella, piece of news, chit-chat, tale, novella, from Vulgar Latin *novella, from neuter pl. of Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of novelMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin novellus, diminutive of novus; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more novel, superlative most novel)
- Said of ideas, ways, etc.
From Old French novel (“new, fresh, recent, recently made or done, strange, rare") (modern nouvel), from Latin novellus (“new, fresh, young, modern"), diminutive of novus (“new").