noun (plural romans-à-clef pronounced same)
A novel in which real people or events appear with invented names.
More example sentences
- It is the crudest roman-à-clef, glaringly derivative and creakingly obvious.
- Although Murdoch's novels cannot be read, strictly speaking, as romans à clef, she projected aspects of herself and her friends onto her characters, sometimes onto several characters in the same novel.
- She published several novels and memoirs, including The New Atalantis, a roman à clef (published with a Key to its characters) in which she attacked various Whigs and people of note.
French, literally 'novel with a key'.
Definition of roman-à-clef in:
- The US English dictionary