noun feuil·le·ton \ˌfə-yə-ˈtōⁿ, ˌfər- ˌfœ-\

Definition of feuilleton

  1. 1 :  a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader

  2. 2 :  something (as an installment of a novel) printed in a feuilleton

  3. 3a :  a novel printed in installmentsb :  a work of fiction catering to popular taste

  4. 4 :  a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content


play \ˌfə-yə-ˈtō(ⁿ)-ˌni-zəm, ˌfər- ˌfœ-\ noun


play \ˌfə-yə-ˈtō(ⁿ)-nist, ˌfər- ˌfœ\ noun

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Did You Know?

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").

Origin and Etymology of feuilleton

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

First Known Use: 1845

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a brief usually trivial fact

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