nov·​el·​ist | \ ˈnäv-list How to pronounce novelist (audio) , ˈnä-və- \

Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels

Examples of novelist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phoebe and Martin had planned to spend the evening of November 1, 1977, with Martin’s father, Kingsley, the famous comic novelist, whose suite of debilitating hangups and phobias included a fear of being alone in a house after dark. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, "Martin Amis’s Turn to Autofiction," 19 Oct. 2020 Daybell was a former gravedigger-turned-novelist and podcaster from Rexburg, Idaho, who some say was something of a local cult leader, says Morgan. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Chilling details revealed as police investigate deaths of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan," 3 Oct. 2020 The artist, musician, poet, novelist says, This is how my life feels or This is how life might feel for another person. John Horgan, Scientific American, "How Do I Know I'm Not the Only Conscious Being in the Universe?," 11 Sep. 2020 His brother Denis Hamill is a novelist and columnist for the Daily News. Thalia Beaty, Star Tribune, "Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies," 5 Aug. 2020 The section culminates by narrating Yoknapatawpha’s story in more straightforward chronological order than the novelist himself ever did. Washington Post, "Faulkner couldn’t overcome racism, but he never ignored it," 2 Oct. 2020 Artemisia’s life story has inspired more than one fictional reimagining, beginning in 1947, with a work by Anna Banti—the pen name of the Italian novelist and critic Lucia Lopresti, who was married to Roberto Longhi. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 The novelist and satirist Christopher Buckley, who wrote and photographed the very first Condé Nast Traveler cover story that year, recalls his time working with Mr. Evans. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Remembering Sir Harold Evans, Founding Editor of Condé Nast Traveler," 25 Sep. 2020 Some less-familiar writers have anticipated books as well, like David Diop, a French-Senegalese academic and novelist, whose novel about a Senegalese soldier fighting for France in the First World War has been translated into English. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, "The 11 Best Books of Fall," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of novelist

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for novelist

novel entry 2 + -ist entry 1

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“Novelist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of novelist

: a person who writes novels


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: a writer of novels

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