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- 2 Old French
- 3 Old Occitan
- 4 Spanish
- (UK) enPR: nŏvʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɒvl̩/
- (US) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɑvəl/
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- Hyphenation: novel
- Rhymes: -ɒvəl
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.
- Said of ideas, ways, etc.
- See also Thesaurus:new
novel (plural novels)
- (now historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, 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.
- A work of prose fiction, longer than a novella. [from 17th c.]
- (classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]
- nuvel (Anglo-Norman)
novel m (oblique and nominative feminine singular novele)
novel (plural noveles)
novel m, f (plural noveles)