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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
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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novel (plural novels)
- (obsolete) A novelty; something new. [15th-18th c.]
- (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: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, 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.
- 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)