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

Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels

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In the past, Wales Bonner has drawn inspiration from novelist Ishmael Reed, Nigerian writer Ben Okri, artist James Hampton, and early 20th century Harlem. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet Grace Wales Bonner, the Boundary-Breaking Designer Behind Meghan Markle's White Dress," 8 May 2019 For young-adult novelist Lilliam Rivera, though, no other place made sense. Anne Branigin, Teen Vogue, "The Lit Bar Is the Bronx's New Bookstore Putting the Community First," 27 Mar. 2019 That's been a surprisingly seamless process for romance novelists Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who work together under the pen name Christina Lauren. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019 In 1990, Alberto Fujimori was elected president of Peru by a narrow margin over novelist Mario Vargas Llosa., "This day in history," 9 June 2018 Mount Horeb novelist Bledsoe brings to a close his fantasy series about the Tufa, enigmatic folk with magical musical powers who live in the Smoky Mountains. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "85 books for summer reading," 18 May 2018 Wolfert agreed to a telephone interview from her home in Sonoma last week, but first handed the line to her second husband, novelist Bill Bayer. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert to get Beard Foundation award: Here's why (photos, recipes)," 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to his career as a spy, Wilson was also a successful novelist. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind Ruth Wilson's New Historical Drama, Mrs Wilson," 1 Apr. 2019 The novelist was nominated for Best Adapted Long Form for the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, has perfected the art of writing prickly female protagonists all the way from Gone Girl’s Amy Elliott Dunne to Sharp Objects’s Camille Preaker. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the 2019 Writer's Guild Awards, Where the Winners Surprised and Delighted," 19 Feb. 2019

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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


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

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: a writer of novels

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