feuilleton

noun feuil·le·ton \ ˌfə-yə-ˈtōⁿ , 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
3 a : 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

feuilletonism

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

feuilletonist

play \ˌfə-yə-ˈtō(ⁿ)-nist, 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").

Origin and Etymology of feuilleton

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


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