no·​vel·​la | \ nō-ˈve-lə How to pronounce novella (audio) \
plural novellas or novelle\ nō-​ˈve-​lē How to pronounce novella (audio) \

Definition of novella

1 plural novelle : a story with a compact and pointed plot
2 plural novellas : a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel

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Examples of novella in a Sentence

pressed for time, many English teachers have their students read the one novella among the novelist's works
Recent Examples on the Web Of almost novella-length, these chronicle futile last stands, vicious cruelty, inflexible loyalty, casual betrayal. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 According to Deadline, the Rhythm Section actress is reportedly set to star in, as well as produce, the streamer’s adaptation of Kliewer’s novella, published to Reddit’s horror hub NoSleep. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 4 June 2021 His novella, Shadows of Paris, was the Novella of the Year from the Next Gen Indie Book Awards, won a Silver Medal for Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award., 7 May 2021 If this all sounds a bit ponderous, blame me, not the ingeniousness of Ozick's novella. Claude Peck, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 This novella’s heart lies in the story Lloyd is trying to relate in his essay about the academy, a story that keeps him banging away on his Remington typewriter late into the night, antagonizing the other trustees. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Joseph Conrad’s immortal novella Heart of Darkness. Judy Berman, Time, 7 Apr. 2021 Still, how else to interpret the most trenchant passages in the novella, which reflect on mortality and time? David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Her new novella often reads like an illustration of Nirenberg’s thesis. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of novella

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for novella

borrowed from Italian, "piece of news, announcement, story, narrative," noun derivative from feminine of novello "new," going back to Latin novellus "young, tender (of plants or animals)," from novus "new" + -ellus, diminutive suffix — more at new entry 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Novella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of novella

: a short novel : a story that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel

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