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- 2 Old French
- 3 Old Provençal
- 4 Spanish
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɒvl̩/,enPR: nŏvʹəl
- (US) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɑvəl/
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- Hyphenation: novel
- Rhymes: -ɒvəl
- Said of ideas, ways, etc.
- See also Wikisaurus:new
In various senses from Old French novelle or Italian novella, both from Latin novella, a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus, from novus (“new”). Some senses came to English directly from the Latin.
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novel (plural novels)
- (obsolete) A novelty; something new. [15th-18th c.]
- (now historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. [from 16th c.]
- A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story. [from 17th c.]
- (classical studies, historical) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. [from 17th c.]
- nuvel (Anglo-Norman)