nov·​el·​ette ˌnä-və-ˈlet How to pronounce novelette (audio)

Examples of novelette in a Sentence

bought a collection of his novels and novelettes
Recent Examples on the Web The next year, Hao Jingfang became the first Chinese woman to win a Hugo, for her novelette Folding Beijing. Yi-Ling Liu, Wired, 9 Mar. 2021 The backstory of the novelette kept picking at my brain. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 18 Sep. 2018 Flash fiction, short stories, and novelettes don’t usually get the same amount of attention as their longer counterparts, which is a shame. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 15 Nov. 2018 In 2014, Mary Robinette Kowal earned a Hugo Award for her novelette The Lady Astronaut of Mars, set in an alternate history in which humanity is prompted to colonize outer space after a devastating meteor strike that destroys Washington, DC. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 1 July 2018

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Word History


novel entry 2 + -ette

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of novelette was in 1780

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“Novelette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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nov·​el·​ette ˌnäv-ə-ˈlet How to pronounce novelette (audio)

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