Novel is defined as a fictional book.noun
An example of a novel is a book by Louisa May Alcott
The definition of novel is something new or different.adjective
An example of novel is an idea that has never been thought of before.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME novell < OFr novel < L novellus, dim. 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
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- 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.