roman-fleuve

noun

ro·​man-fleuve rō-ˌmäⁿ-ˈflœv How to pronounce roman-fleuve (audio)
-ˈflərv,
-ˈfləv
plural romans-fleuves rō-ˌmäⁿ-ˈflœv How to pronounce roman-fleuve (audio)
-ˈflərv(z),
-ˈfləv(z)
: a novel in the form of a long usually easygoing chronicle of a social group (such as a family or a community)

Word History

Etymology

French, literally, river novel

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roman-fleuve was in 1935

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“Roman-fleuve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roman-fleuve. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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