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novel

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adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

Definition of novel

  1. 1 :  new and not resembling something formerly known or used

  2. 2 :  original or striking especially in conception or style <a novel scheme to collect money>

Examples of novel in a sentence

  1. She has suggested a novel approach to the problem.

  2. Handheld computers are novel devices.

Did You Know?

If someone tells you that you've come up with a novel idea or a novel interpretation of something, it's probably a compliment: not everyone is capable of original thinking. But not everything new is terribly worthwhile; a novelty, for example, is often a cute (or maybe just silly) little object that you might put on a display shelf in your house. It may seem surprising that the familiar noun novel is related as well. In the 14th century, Italian writers began writing collections of short tales, each of which they called a novella because it represented a new literary form; from this word, three centuries later, the English coined the noun novel.

Origin and Etymology of novel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, new, from Latin novellus, from diminutive of novus new — more at new


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of novel

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <new brick> or has not been known before <new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.

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novel

noun nov·el

Definition of novel

  1. 1 :  an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events

  2. 2 :  the literary genre consisting of novels

novelistic

play \ˌnä-və-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

novelistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of novel

Italian novella


First Known Use: 1639


NOVEL Defined for English Language Learners

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novel

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adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

Definition of novel for English Language Learners

  • : new and different from what has been known before


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novel

noun nov·el

Definition of novel for English Language Learners

  • : a long written story usually about imaginary characters and events


NOVEL Defined for Kids

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novel

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adjective nov·el \ˈnä-vəl\

Definition of novel for Students

  1. :  new and different from what is already known <a novel idea>


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novel

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noun nov·el

Definition of novel for Students

  1. :  a long story usually about imaginary characters and events



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