Variant of novel
Origin: ME novell < OFr novel < L novellus, dim. of novus, new
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