There are 2 definitions of novel in English:

novel1

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒv(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1A fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism: the novels of Jane Austen a paperback novel
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    • As mystery fans know, Elizabeth George is an American writer, who writes best-selling mystery novels set in England.
    • When I was fourteen or fifteen I read a trashy romance novel called Perfect by Judith McNaught.
    • They both published bestselling first novels called Less Than Zero before graduating college.
    Synonyms
    book, paperback, hardback; story, tale, narrative, romance, work of fiction; bestseller
    informal blockbuster
    historical yellowback, three-decker
  • 1.1 (the novel) The literary genre represented or exemplified by novels: the novel is the most adaptable of all literary forms
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    • What would happen to a literary form like the novel if it was invisibly hollowed out rather than brilliantly exploded?
    • Naipaul observed some years ago that the novel had become obsolete as a literary form.
    • Has poetry suffered as the novel has risen in popularity and status over the last three centuries?

Origin

mid 16th century: from Italian novella (storia) 'new (story)', feminine of novello 'new', from Latin novellus, from novus 'new'. The word is also found from late Middle English until the 18th century in the sense 'a novelty, a piece of news', from Old French novelle (see novel2).

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There are 2 definitions of novel in English:

novel2

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒv(ə)l
 
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adjective

Derivatives

novelly

adverb
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  • Despite that resonance, Atwood's precepts, like those of Danish modernism, still had to be generically retooled and updated: hers are very novelly novels, in which monologues and flashbacks dominate.
  • I didn't get into it right away, but the last little while I've been wanting to read a novel and much of what I have around isn't really novelly.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'recent'): from Old French, from Latin novellus, from novus 'new'.

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