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Meaning of novel by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈnɒvl̩/,enPR: nŏvʹəl, X-SAMPA: /"nQvl=/
    • ( US ) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA: /ˈnɑvəl/, X-SAMPA: /"nAv@l/
    • Rhymes: -ɒvəl

    Etymology 1

    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” ) .


    novel ( comparative more novel, superlative most novel )

    1. new, original, especially in an interesting way
    Usage notes
    • Said of ideas, ways, etc .
    • See also Wikisaurus:new

    Etymology 2

    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 )

    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.]
    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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Explanation of novel by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. pleasantly new or different

    2. original and of a kind not seen before

    3. the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
    1. a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction

    2. his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels
      he burned all the novels
    3. an extended fictional work in prose

    Definition of novel by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Novel a. [OF. novel, nuvel, F. nouvel, nouveau, L. novellus, dim. of novus new. See New.] Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.

      ☞ In civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. These contained new decrees of successive emperors.

      Novel assignment ( Law ), a new assignment or specification of a suit.

      Syn. -- New; recent; modern; fresh; strange; uncommon; rare; unusual. -- Novel, New . Everything at its first occurrence is new; that is novel which is so much out of the ordinary course as to strike us with surprise. That is a new sight which is beheld for the first time; that is a novel sight which either was never seen before or is seen but seldom. We have daily new inventions, but a novel one supposes some very peculiar means of attaining its end. Novel theories are regarded with distrust, as likely to prove more ingenious than sound.

    2. Novel, n. [F. nouvelle. See Novel, a.]
      1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.

      2. pl. News; fresh tidings. [Obs.]

      Some came of curiosity to hear some novels. Latimer.

      3. A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love. Dryden.

      4. [L. novellae ( sc. constitutiones ): cf. F. novelles.] ( Law ) A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.