Dictionary

novella

noun no·vel·la \nō-ˈve-lə\

: a short novel : a story that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel

plural novellas or no·vel·le \-ˈve-lē\

Full Definition of NOVELLA

1
plural novelle :  a story with a compact and pointed plot
2
plural usually novellas :  a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel

Examples of NOVELLA

  1. <pressed for time, many English teachers have their students read the one novella among the novelist's works>

Origin of NOVELLA

Italian, from feminine of novello new, from Latin novellus
First Known Use: 1898

Other Literature Terms

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: novellyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: novelizeAll Words Near: novella
May 30, 2015
metadata Hear it
data about other data
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears