novella

noun no·vel·la \ nō-ˈve-lə \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of novella

plural novellas or novelle play \nō-ˈve-lē\
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

Examples of novella in a Sentence

  1. pressed for time, many English teachers have their students read the one novella among the novelist's works

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1new


NOVELLA Defined for English Language Learners

novella

noun

Definition of novella for English Language Learners

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



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