Definition of roman-fleuve in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌrəʊmɒ̃ˈfləːv
, ʀɔmɑ̃flœv/

noun (plural romans-fleuves pronunc. same)

  • 1A novel featuring the leisurely description of the lives of closely related people.
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    • 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.


French, literally 'river novel'.

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