Definition of dime novel in English:

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dime novel

Pronunciation: /dīm ˈnävəl/


North American dated
A cheap, popular novel, typically a melodramatic romance or adventure story.
Example sentences
  • The old dime novel was not palmed off as literature upon an unsuspecting public as the new dime novel is.
  • As the distant thunder rumbled and came closer, I thought of the next dime novel I had been planning to read, a ghost story.
  • Then I began reading my ghost story dime novel, about the young American woman who went to Europe to write a book.

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Syllabification: dime nov·el

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