adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

: new and different from what has been known before

Full Definition of NOVEL

:  new and not resembling something formerly known or used
:  original or striking especially in conception or style <a novel scheme to collect money>

Examples of NOVEL

  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



: a long written story usually about imaginary characters and events

Full Definition of NOVEL

:  an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events
:  the literary genre consisting of novels
nov·el·is·tic \ˌnä-və-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
nov·el·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of NOVEL

Italian novella
First Known Use: 1639

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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