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

Definition of novelist

: a writer of novels

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Kaufman, who died in 2009 at 90, was also a screenwriter and novelist. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Each new homeowner adds a fresh chapter," 14 Sep. 2019 Married novelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman co-created the series with Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Netflix's Unbelievable Is a Gutting, Painstaking Depiction of Sexual Assault," 13 Sep. 2019 Upcoming Halloween-ready shows include Marianne, about a horror novelist who discovers the demon from her book exists in real life, and Prank Encounters, a terrifying prank show hosted by Stranger Things‘ Gaten Matarazzo. Helen Murphy,, "Spooky! See Netflix's Lineup of Original Halloween Movies and Shows," 13 Sep. 2019 Its message was that in telling the story of a life with scrupulous fidelity to the facts, an erudite reading of the texts, and a novelist’s feeling for the narrative, a writer could aspire to create a work of literature in its own right. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "James Atlas’s Life in Life-Writing," 9 Sep. 2019 As the show opens, novelist Lucia has taken a job writing for a formulaic detective television show. Matthew J. Palm,, "’Fade’ intriguingly but unevenly explores economic status, loyalty and race | Review," 6 Sep. 2019 Logistics and seeming universe-overlapping aside: There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood. David Canfield,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 3 Sep. 2019 Showtime has given the one-hour drama a three-script commitment, tapping novelist Aaron Cooley to write and executive produce the series. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Viola Davis To Play Michelle Obama In New Showtime Series," 27 Aug. 2019 The series, set to be written by novelist Aaron Cooley, will also focus on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford in its first season. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in new Showtime series," 27 Aug. 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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