Definition of roman-fleuve in English:

roman-fleuve

Syllabification: ro·man-fleuve
Pronunciation: /rōˌmänˈfləv/

noun (plural romans-fleuves pronunc. same)

1A novel featuring the leisurely description of the lives of closely related people.
More example sentences
  • Among those who have set out to write a roman-fleuve and failed is this poet laureate.
  • There is something heroic about any novelist embarking upon that most Herculean of labours, a roman-fleuve.
1.1A sequence of related, self-contained novels.

Origin

French, literally 'river novel'.

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