novella

noun
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

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 Clarke played the role of Holly Golightly, made famous by Audrey Hepburn and her little black dress in the 1961 film based on Truman Capote's 1958 novella. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 25 June 2022 Originally published as a novella in 2008, Kawakami later expanded Breasts and Eggs into a two-section novel about working-class women seeking greater autonomy over their bodies and minds. Idra Novey, The Atlantic, 22 May 2022 The entire home, in fact, reads like a novella, with elements of the natural world, travel, and the pursuit of knowledge showing up in lovely and exciting interventions. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 9 May 2022 Miller’s take on the material mainly sacrifices the feminist elements of Byatt’s novella in favor of investigating the magic of movie storytelling. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Her mother, in turn, introduced the book to Tournié, reading the novella to her young daughter before bedtime. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Landing just a year after the novella was first published, 1992 feature Damage from director Louis Malle starred Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves and Ian Bannen. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Through various monologues, the novella creates not just a suspenseful thriller, but a textured, rich portrait of a community over time. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 This loss is signified throughout the novella by a bust of the old Austrian emperor Franz Joseph that Morstin keeps outside his manor house in a village near Brody. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Novella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/novella. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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