See also: növel and nővel

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) enPR: nŏvʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɒvl̩/
  • (US) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɑvəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: novel
  • Rhymes: -ɒvəl

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French novel (new, fresh, recent, recently made or done, strange, rare) (modern nouvel, nouveau), from Latin novellus (new, fresh, young, modern), diminutive of novus (new). Doublet of nouveau.

AdjectiveEdit

novel (comparative more novel, superlative most novel)

  1. Newly made, formed or evolved; having no precedent; of recent origin; new.
  2. Original, especially in an interesting way; new and striking; not of the typical or ordinary type; unusual.
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  • Said of ideas, ways, etc.
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Etymology 2Edit

 
Front page of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, a notable example of a novel

Borrowed from Italian novella, from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

NounEdit

novel (plural novels)

  1. A work of prose fiction, longer than a novella. [from 17th c.]
  2. (historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 2, member 4:
      merry tales [] such as the old woman told of Psyche in Apuleius, Boccace novels, and the rest, quarum auditione pueri delectantur, senes narratione, which some delight to hear, some to tell, all are well pleased with.
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Etymology 3Edit

Borrowed from Old French novelle, from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

NounEdit

novel (plural novels)

  1. (obsolete) A novelty; something new. [15th-18th c.]

Etymology 4Edit

Borrowed from Latin novella, feminine of novellus.

NounEdit

novel (plural novels)

  1. (classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]

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Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin novellus, from novus.

AdjectiveEdit

novel m (oblique and nominative feminine singular novele)

  1. new

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  • English: novel
  • Middle French: nouveau
  • Norman: nouvieau
  • Walloon: novea

Old OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin novellus. Compare Old French novel.

AdjectiveEdit

novel m (feminine singular novela, masculine plural novels, feminine plural novelas)

  1. new

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Catalan novell, from Latin novellus.

AdjectiveEdit

novel (plural noveles)

  1. novel, new

NounEdit

novel m or f (plural noveles)

  1. newbie, green

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