no·vel·la | \nō-ˈve-lə \
plural novellas or novelle\nō-ˈve-lē \

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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Now the stories and novellas have been gathered in two volumes (a third is in the works) with appreciative introductions by Ann Beattie and Richard Russo., "A writer’s writer and the inevitability of bad times," 6 July 2018 Together, the stories make up a sort of novella of ordinary family life and its progression. Brandon Yu,, "Yang Huang’s stories chart a family’s life in China," 27 June 2018 Dubus published his first book of stories (a novella, among them) in 1975 and quickly built a reputation as one of America’s best practitioners of short fiction., "A writer’s writer and the inevitability of bad times," 6 July 2018 He’s written three novels, a novella and a children’s book about the decline of Idaho’s salmon and steelhead runs. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, "Sick? Depressed? Find your passion, and find relief and joy, as a Boise author did," 9 Feb. 2018 The novella was the basis for a 1975 movie starring Don Johnson. Richard Sandomir,, "Harlan Ellison, pugnacious and prolific science fiction writer, dies at 84," 30 June 2018 The novella was the basis for a 1975 movie starring Don Johnson. Fox News, "Science fiction author Harlan Ellison dead at age 84," 28 June 2018 The novella was the basis for a 1975 cult movie starring a young Don Johnson. Robert Jablon, USA TODAY, "'Star Trek' scriptwriter Harlan Ellison, master of sci-fi literature, dies at 84," 28 June 2018 In a 2013 interview with the Guardian, Ellison put his tally at around 1,800 short stories, novellas, essays, and scripts. Keith Phipps, Vox, "Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.," 29 June 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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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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