Novel definition

nŏvəl
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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.
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The definition of novel is something new or different.

An example of novel is an idea that has never been thought of before.

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The literary genre represented by novels.
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(now historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
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Novel is defined as a fictional book.

An example of a novel is a book by Louisa May Alcott.

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(classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]
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A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story. [from 17th c.]
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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.
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Strikingly new, unusual, or different.
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New and unusual; esp., being the first of its kind.
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New, original, especially in an interesting way.
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The type or form of literature represented by such narratives.
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(rom. law) A new law or decree, specif. one made by Justinian supplementary to the Justinian code.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
novel
Plural:
novels

Origin of novel

  • Ultimately 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 newo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin novellus diminutive of novus newo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • In various senses from Old French novelle or Italian novella, both from Latin novella, a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus, from novus (“new"). Some senses came to English directly from the Latin.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary