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novel

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adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

Simple Definition of novel

  • : new and different from what has been known before

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of novel

  1. 1 :  new and not resembling something formerly known or used

  2. 2 :  original or striking especially in conception or style <a novel scheme to collect money>

Examples of novel in a sentence

  1. She has suggested a novel approach to the problem.

  2. Handheld computers are novel devices.



Origin of novel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, new, from Latin novellus, from diminutive of novus new — more at new


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of novel

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <new brick> or has not been known before <new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.

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novel

noun nov·el

Simple Definition of novel

  • : a long written story usually about imaginary characters and events

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of novel

  1. 1 :  an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events

  2. 2 :  the literary genre consisting of novels

novelistic play \ˌnä-və-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
novelistically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of novel

Italian novella


First Known Use: 1639


NOVEL Defined for Kids

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novel

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adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

Definition of novel for Students

  1. :  new and different from what is already known <a novel idea>




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novel

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noun nov·el

Definition of novel for Students

  1. :  a long story usually about imaginary characters and events





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