roman-fleuve

noun
ro·​man-fleuve | \rō-ˌmäⁿ-ˈflœv, -ˈflərv, -ˈfləv\
plural romans-fleuves\ rō-​ˌmäⁿ-​ˈflœv , -​ˈflərv(z), -​ˈfləv(z) \

Definition of roman-fleuve 

: a novel in the form of a long usually easygoing chronicle of a social group (such as a family or a community)

First Known Use of roman-fleuve

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roman-fleuve

French, literally, river novel

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