nov·​el·​ist | \ ˈnäv-list, ˈnä-və-\

Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels

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The winner of last year’s prize was novelist T. Geronimo Johnson of Berkeley. John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finalists named for $50,000 Simpson Prize for mid-career authors," 9 Mar. 2018 Here, Alyan—who, in addition to being a novelist, is a poet and psychologist—talks to T&C about her sweeping book. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How Hala Alyan Wrote Spring’s Most Powerful Novel," 10 May 2017 Abrams, a 44-year-old Atlanta attorney, former state minority leader and moonlighting romance novelist, already has made history as the first black woman to be nominated for governor by either major party. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 Essayist and novelist Alberto Manguel has devoted several books to the experience and cultural meaning of reading. Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Packing My Library,’ by Alberto Manguel," 7 June 2018 Yet screenwriter and novelist David Nicholls bravely took on the challenge—which wound up consuming more than half a decade. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 2018 Playwright and novelist Barney Norris seems to be, judging by Nightfall and by his program notes, an old-fashioned young guy whose taste in poetry runs to Thomas Hardy. Toby Zinman,, "London theater: 'Nightfall' at the Bridge Theatre: Missed opportunity, just another boring family drama," 8 May 2018 Poet, playwright and novelist Langston Hughes was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. CBS News, "Arts collective in Langston Hughes' home carries on writer's legacy," 12 Apr. 2018 Along the way, the British journalist and novelist seeks to better understand himself as well as others, including a mobster who has turned to Jesus. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "Who are we? Will Storr's new book 'Selfie' asks the tough question," 26 Mar. 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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to gather or build up little by little

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