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 As in Big Little Lies, which was written by the same novelist, Liane Moriarty, and adapted by the same team, suffering has never looked so good.—C.S. Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 Playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, who won a Pulitzer Prize, is a Brookfield Central High School graduate. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 The apprehension that everything is connected is essentially a paranoid insight (and a useful one for the novelist, who can pose as esoteric decoder). James Wood, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Melvin Van Peebles, a pioneering force in Black and independent cinema and a celebrated actor, playwright, filmmaker, novelist, and composer, died Sept. 21 at his home in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 22 Sep. 2021 Now, the prolific children’s author, novelist, and poet has a compelling hometown museum deserving of his legacy. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Aug. 2021 Second Nature, from the journalist and novelist Nathaniel Rich, is a series of vignettes that examine human efforts to remake the wild. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2021 Most recently, in 2017, the Rainey McCullers School of Arts in Columbus, Georgia was named after both Ma and novelist Carson McCullers. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 26 Dec. 2020 Kaye also plays prolific romance novelist Barbara Cartland, who in addition to dispensing earthy wisdom to Diana provides an outlet for unmitigated camp. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021

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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 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of novelist

: a person who writes novels


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

Kids Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels


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