novel

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Adjective[edit]

novel (comparative more novel, superlative most novel)

  1. new, original, especially in an interesting way
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  • Said of ideas, ways, etc.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

novel (plural novels)

  1. (obsolete) A novelty; something new. [15th-18th c.]
  2. (now historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.4:
      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.
  3. A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story. [from 17th c.]
  4. (classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]
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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin novellus.

Adjective[edit]

novel

  1. new

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Old Provençal[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. new

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Adjective[edit]

novel m, f (plural noveles)

  1. novel, new