novel

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See also: növel and nővel

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: nŏvʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɒvl̩/
  • (US) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɑvəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: novel
  • Rhymes: -ɒvəl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French novel (new, fresh, recent, recently made or done, strange, rare) (modern nouvel, nouveau), from Latin novellus (new, fresh, young, modern), diminutive of novus (new). Doublet of nouveau.

Adjective[edit]

novel (comparative more novel, superlative most novel)

  1. Newly made, formed or evolved; having no precedent; of recent origin; new.
  2. Original, especially in an interesting way; new and striking; not of the typical or ordinary type; unusual.
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  • Said of ideas, ways, etc.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Front page of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, a notable example of a novel

Borrowed from Italian novella, from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

Noun[edit]

novel (plural novels)

  1. A work of prose fiction, longer than a novella. [from 17th c.]
  2. (historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 2, member 4:
      merry tales [] such as the old woman told of Psyche in Apuleius, Boccace novels, and the rest, quarum auditione pueri delectantur, senes narratione, which some delight to hear, some to tell, all are well pleased with.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowed from Old French novelle, from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

Noun[edit]

novel (plural novels)

  1. (obsolete) A novelty; something new. [15th-18th c.]

Etymology 4[edit]

Borrowed from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

Noun[edit]

novel (plural novels)

  1. (classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]
    • 1979, Jeffrey Richards, The Popes and the Papacy in the Early Middle Ages, 476–752, page 15:
      The normal and natural relationship of emperor and churchman was summed up by Justinian in one of his novels []

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Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin novellus, from novus.

Adjective[edit]

novel m (oblique and nominative feminine singular novele)

  1. new

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  • English: novel
  • Middle French: nouveau
  • Norman: nouvieau
  • Walloon: novea

Old Occitan[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin novellus. Compare Old French novel.

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novel m (feminine singular novela, masculine plural novels, feminine plural novelas)

  1. new

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Catalan novell, from Latin novellus.

Adjective[edit]

novel (plural noveles)

  1. novel, new

Noun[edit]

novel m or f (plural noveles)

  1. newbie, green

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