Definitions for novelˈnɒv əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nov•elˈnɒv əl(n.)

  1. a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usu. presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.

    Category: Literature

Origin of novel:

1560–70; < It novella (storia) new kind of story


nov•el*ˈnɒv əl(adj.)

  1. of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before:

    a novel idea.

* Syn: See new.

Origin of novel:

1375–1425; late ME (< MF, OF) < L novellus fresh, young, novel, dim. of novusnew

Princeton's WordNet

  1. novel(noun)

    an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

  2. novel(adj)

    a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction

    "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he burned all the novels"

  3. fresh, new, novel(adj)

    original and of a kind not seen before

    "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"

  4. novel, refreshing(adj)

    pleasantly new or different

    "common sense of a most refreshing sort"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. novel(noun)ˈnɒv əl

    a long book that tells a fictional story

    the author's first novel

  2. novel(adjective)ˈnɒv əl

    new and different

    a novel approach to teaching

Webster Dictionary

  1. Novel(adj)

    of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising

  2. Novel(adj)

    that which is new or unusual; a novelty

  3. Novel(adj)

    news; fresh tidings

  4. Novel(adj)

    a fictitious tale or narrative, professing to be conformed to real life; esp., one intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and particularly of love

  5. Novel(adj)

    a new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a


  1. Novel

    A novel is a long prose narrative that describes fictional characters and events in the form of a sequential story, usually. The genre has historical roots in the fields of medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter, an Italian word used to describe short stories, supplied the present generic English term in the 18th century. Further definition of the genre is historically difficult. The construction of the narrative, the plot, the relation to reality, the characterization, and the use of language are usually discussed to show a novel's artistic merits. Most of these requirements were introduced to literary prose in the 16th and 17th centuries, in order to give fiction a justification outside the field of factual history.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NOVEL

    A fabric that is often (k)nit in print, though the yarn be well spun.


  1. Novel

    Novel, Inc. is a venture capital funded start-up in Seattle, Washington that has been seen in The New York Times, Business Week, and is the recipient of multiple accolades and global awards. Novel, Inc. was incorporated in May 2010 and was originally founded as Novel Interactive in 2009.While in the video game industry, Novel is not just positioning to build traditional video games. Novel received the Pacific Northwest Innovation Award from Microsoft in Entrepreneurs™ Organization™s annual GSEA competition, but has not yet publicly released any information. Novel was also selected by Entrepreneur™s Organization, from over 1,500 businesses across 33 countries, as one of the top 30 young entrepreneurs and ventures in the world.Novel, Inc. has announced an upcoming massively multiplayer online title, Empire & State, to be released this year. However, their CEO has stated, continuously building games is critical to our strategy, but our second product to be released in early 2011 will actually be the product that won the Innovation Award and could change the way you think about what games are.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3206

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4738

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Nouns Frequency: #1050

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Adjectives Frequency: #977

Translations for novel

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new and strange

a novel idea.

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