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

Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels

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The notion that novelists should be solitary creators has long been deeply ingrained. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 As a hurricane loomed just off the coast of North Carolina, novelist Christina Wood was busy boarding up windows and charging up gadgets, too. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Barry: What you need when disaster strikes," 11 July 2019 Additionally, novelist Alex Wheatle will be a writing consultant on the show. Marcus Jones,, "John Boyega and Letitia Wright to star in Steve McQueen's upcoming BBC anthology series Small Axe," 26 June 2019 The next goal, said Adriano Matos, chief creative officer at Grey, is to replace Machado’s portrait at the Brazilian Academy of Letters, of which the novelist was the founding president. New York Times, "In Brazil, a New Rendering of a Literary Giant Makes Waves," 14 June 2019 Diana Spechler is a novelist, freelance writer, Mexico-lover, and cenote enthusiast. National Geographic, "Visit these breathtaking underwater caves in the Yucatán Peninsula," 31 May 2019 MacKenzie was Amazon's first accountant and is a novelist and the executive director of anti-bullying organization, Bystander Revolution. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Mackenzie Bezos Signs a Pledge to Give Half Her Fortune to Charity—Your Move, Jeff," 28 May 2019 Maryse Condé is a novelist and scholar who divides her time between New York City and her native Guadeloupe. The New York Review of Books, "Maryse Condé," 6 Feb. 2019 Black was famous for her closing arguments during the Peterson trial, which successfully convinced the jury of 12 that the local novelist was guilty of killing his wife. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Prosecutor in Netflix Michael Peterson documentary 'The Staircase' found dead," 31 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of novelist

: a person who writes novels


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