nov·el·ist | \ˈnäv-list, ˈnä-və-\

Definition of novelist 

: a writer of novels

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Award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie never minces her words., "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Say the #MeToo Movement Can’t Afford to Be Nuanced Just Yet," 11 July 2018 Founded in 1969, the Man Booker prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers, but eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all English-language novelists. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, "'The English Patient' chosen best Man Booker Prize winner of last 50 years," 8 July 2018 In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, England., "This day in history," 28 Mar. 2018 Also around this time, the papers’ newsrooms began to hire their first black employees – among them reporter Harmon Perry for the Journal in 1968 and copy editor (later popular novelist) Tina McElroy Ansa for the Constitution in 1971. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018 On Thursday, Melissa DePino, a Philadelphia novelist, posted video of the incident on Twitter. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Police chief defends cops who arrested black men trying to use Starbucks bathroom | Miami Herald," 14 Apr. 2018 With Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Penn adds novelist to his résumé with polarizing results that are entertaining and maddening in equal measure. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Sean Penn's freaky debut novel 'Bob Honey' is a Trump-era satire," 27 Mar. 2018 Anna Quindlen, the journalist turned novelist, will speak Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Anna Quindlen Speaks About New Novel, Authors Share 'Poetry Of Presence'," 14 Mar. 2018 Bill Clinton can now add novelist to his expansive resume. Kara Cutruzzula, Town & Country, "Here's What Bill Clinton Is Doing Now," 8 May 2017

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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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