graphic novel


: a story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book

Examples of graphic novel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actor was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his role in the CBC limited series Essex County, which is based on the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 The show is based on a 2017 graphic novel by James Seale. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for graphic novel 

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of graphic novel was in 1964

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“Graphic novel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

graphic novel

: a work of fiction or non-fiction that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book

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