novella

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

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There’s only one novel, Codename Villanelle, made up of a series of novellas by author Luke Jennings, who has another novel coming out in March. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season Two Finally Has a Release Date. Here's Everything We Know.," 5 Jan. 2019 Martin had sold the rights to the novella before, with nothing to show for it but a few big paychecks. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Before Game of Thrones and Nightflyers, George R.R. Martin’s work inspired a great Outer Limits episode," 30 Nov. 2018 The term of endearment is a borrowed from Truman Capote’s seminal novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which also happens to be Ariana’s favorite movie, according to MTV. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Got Another Set of Matching Tattoos," 21 Sep. 2018 Because Nightflyers — based on the 1980 Martin novella of the same name — debuts on Syfy this Sunday night. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Before Game of Thrones and Nightflyers, George R.R. Martin’s work inspired a great Outer Limits episode," 30 Nov. 2018 There are some key differences from the novella, notably the time period. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018 This first season of SYFY's Nightflyers will cover everything that happened in the original novella. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018 Read the book and then the companion novella and then maybe rewatch the movie another couple dozen times. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie," 12 July 2018 The premise and characters of Killing Eve were inspired by the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Killing Eve: Everything We Know So Far About Season 2," 24 Dec. 2018

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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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novella

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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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