roman à clefro·man à clef
nounpl. romans à clef
[often in italics] a novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names
Origin of roman à clefFr, novel with a key
roman a clef
nounpl. ro·mans à clef,
A novel in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise.
Origin of roman a clefFrench roman novel à with clef key