feuil·​le·​ton | \ ˌfə-yə-ˈtōⁿ How to pronounce feuilleton (audio) , ˌfər- ˌfœ- \

Definition of feuilleton

1 : a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader
2 : something (such as an installment of a novel) printed in a feuilleton
3a : a novel printed in installments
b : a work of fiction catering to popular taste
4 : a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content

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Other Words from feuilleton

feuilletonism \ ˌfə-​yə-​ˈtō(ⁿ)-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce feuilletonism (audio) , ˌfər-​ ˌfœ-​ \ noun
feuilletonist \ ˌfə-​yə-​ˈtō(ⁿ)-​nist How to pronounce feuilletonist (audio) , ˌfər-​ ˌfœ \ noun

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The feuilleton originated in French newspapers as a supplement sectioned out from the main news stories. Although found in the political section of the newspaper, the feuilleton typically included material on non-political subjects, such as art, literature, or fashion. Fiction was sometimes included as well. The word is a diminutive of the French feuillet, meaning "sheet of paper," and ultimately derives from Latin folium, meaning "leaf." From this source English acquired "folio" (which can refer to a page, or leaf, of a book or manuscript) and "foliage" (meaning "a mass of leaves").

Examples of feuilleton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the earliest days of The New Yorker—indeed, from its very first issue, which was dated February 21, 1925—the magazine’s reportage, criticism, and feuilleton have been paired with cartoons. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "R. Sikoryak’s “Get the Picture”," 23 Dec. 2019 The Paris feuilletons were full of adulteries in high society. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Harper's magazine, "Sex and Sensibility," 28 Oct. 2019 At the heart of the famously archconservative FAZ is the feuilleton page, where Germany's intellectuals have long debated obscure points of 19th-century philosophy, the German soul, and the cultural legacy of Christendom. Misha Glenny, WIRED, "How Europe Can Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Future," 1 Feb. 2001

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First Known Use of feuilleton

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feuilleton

French, from feuillet sheet of paper, from Old French foillet, diminutive of foille leaf — more at foil entry 2

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“Feuilleton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feuilleton. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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