nov·​el·​ist ˈnä-və-list How to pronounce novelist (audio)
: a writer of novels

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And in an article in The New York Times Magazine, novelist Toni Morrison seized on their finding that slaves were not lazy. Richard Sandomir,, 28 May 2023 The main character in Close Your Eyes is, in fact, an aging filmmaker and novelist named Miguel Garay (Manolo Solo), who, like Erice, hasn’t made a movie in decades, and who now lives like a hermit in a fishing village on the Spanish coast. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2023 The prestigious Pulitzer Prize is awarded yearly to a cadre of American journalists, playwrights, novelists, musicians and poets, in categories that span from breaking news to fiction. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2023 Suddenly, television was drawing talent from the big screen, book publishing and Broadway; Hollywood had not seen so many playwrights and novelists pitching projects and hanging around its hotel pools since talkies were invented. Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2023 But after a career as a zombie-movie screenwriter, cartoon producer, love-triangle novelist, anime enthusiast, sci-fi geek and media personality with monarchic sensibilities, the Hungarian government came calling. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Sergio Ramírez, an exceptional novelist, served as vice president of Nicaragua during the first Sandinista government. Ariel Dorfman, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 Mylène Dressler is a novelist and essayist whose recent books include The Last To See Me and Our Eyes at Night. Mylène Dressler, Longreads, 11 Apr. 2023 An article on May 7 on Page 30 about the novelist Annie Ernaux’s shocking work misspelled Ernaux’s maiden name. New York Times, 14 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of novelist was in 1728

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“Novelist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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nov·​el·​ist ˈnäv-(ə-)ləst How to pronounce novelist (audio)
: a writer of novels
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