Definitions for novel
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word novel.
an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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"
fresh, new, noveladjective
original and of a kind not seen before
"the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"
pleasantly new or different
"common sense of a most refreshing sort"
A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love. Dryden.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: novellus, Latin; nouvelle, French.
The Presbyterians are exacters of submission to their novel injunctions, before they are stamped with the authority of laws. Charles I .
It is no novel usurpation, but though void of other title, has the prescription of many ages. Decay of Piety.
By the novel constitutions, burial may not be denied to any one. John Ayliffe, Parergon.
Etymology: nouvelle, French.
Nothing of a foreign nature; like the trifling novels which Ariosto inserted in his poems. Dryden.
Her mangl’d fame in barb’rous pastime lost,
The coxcomb’s novel and the drunkard’s toast. Matthew Prior.
By the civil law, no one was to be ordained a presbyter till he was thirty-five years of age: though by a later novel it was sufficient, if he was above thirty. John Ayliffe, Par.
A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally written in prose form, and which is typically published as a book. The present English word for a long work of prose fiction derives from the Italian novella for "new", "news", or "short story of something new", itself from the Latin novella, a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus, diminutive of novus, meaning "new".Some novelists, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Ann Radcliffe, John Cowper Powys, preferred the term "romance" to describe their novels. According to Margaret Doody, the novel constitutes "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years", with its origins in the Ancient Greek and Roman novel, in Chivalric romance, and in the tradition of the Italian renaissance novella. The ancient romance form was revived by Romanticism, especially the historical romances of Walter Scott and the Gothic novel. Some, including M. H. Abrams and Walter Scott, have argued that a novel is a fiction narrative that displays a realistic depiction of the state of a society, while the romance encompasses any fictitious narrative that emphasizes marvellous or uncommon incidents.Works of fiction that include marvellous or uncommon incidents are also novels, including The Lord of The Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Frankenstein. "Romances" are works of fiction whose main emphasis is on marvellous or unusual incidents, and should not be confused with the romance novel, a type of genre fiction that focuses on romantic love. Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, an early 11th-century Japanese text, has sometimes been described as the world's first novel, but there is considerable debate over this — there were certainly long fictional works much earlier. Spread of printed books in China led to the appearance of classical Chinese novels by the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). An early example from Europe was written in Muslim Spain by the Sufi writer Ibn Tufayl entitled Hayy ibn Yaqdhan. Later developments occurred after the invention of the printing press. Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote (the first part of which was published in 1605), is frequently cited as the first significant European novelist of the modern era. Ian Watt, in The Rise of the Novel (1957), suggested that the modern novel was born in the early 18th century.
A novel is a long work of fiction that tells a complex and extended story, typically centered around a group of characters and exploring various themes and plotlines. It is typically written in prose and has a significant length compared to shorter works of fiction such as short stories or novellas. Novels often aim to entertain readers through engaging narratives and intricate character development, and they can cover a wide range of genres and styles.
of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising
that which is new or unusual; a novelty
news; fresh tidings
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
a new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a
Etymology: [F. nouvelle. See Novel, a.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nov′el, adj. new: unusual: strange.—n. that which is new: a new or supplemental constitution or decree, issued by certain Roman emperors, as Justinian, after their authentic publications of law (also Novell′a): a fictitious prose narrative or tale presenting a picture of real life, esp. of the emotional crises in the life-history of the men and women portrayed.—n. Novelette′, a small novel.—v.t. Nov′elise, to change by introducing novelties: to put into the form of novels.—v.i. to make innovations.—n. Nov′elist, a novel-writer: an innovator.—adj. Novelist′ic.—n. Nov′elty, newness: unusual appearance: anything new, strange, or different from anything before:—pl. Nov′elties. [O. Fr. novel (Fr. nouveau)—L. novellus—novus.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A fabric that is often (k)nit in print, though the yarn be well spun.
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.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Novel is ranked #62189 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Novel surname appeared 322 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Novel.
64.9% or 209 total occurrences were White.
20.5% or 66 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
9.6% or 31 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2.1% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3206
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4738
Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Nouns Frequency: #1050
Rank popularity for the word 'novel' in Adjectives Frequency: #977
The numerical value of novel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of novel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Her characters are mostly black women or brown people living in a world that is deeply problematic, and it's a different underbelly than you would get in the typical L.A. crime novel, just because of who she was and what she experienced, she writes about L.A. in a different way than you would get in a Raymond Chandler novel.
A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called' Go Set a Watchman,' it features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel( what became' To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout.
It's important to underscore that, based on the FDA's initial evaluation, the increased risk of cancer to patients with NMBA exposure appears to be the same for NDMA exposure but less than the risk from NDEA exposure. That said, any presence of such impurities in drug products is not acceptable. Over the past few months, the FDA has conducted a major investigation and has worked with drug companies to address the presence of impurities in these products, our ongoing effort has determined that the impurities may be generated by specific chemical reactions in the manufacturing process of the drug's active pharmaceutical ingredients. FDA scientists have developed novel and sophisticated testing methods specifically designed to detect and measure N-Nitrosodimethylamine( NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine( NDEA) impurities in ARB medicines. Because of the potential for discovering other nitrosamine impurities, we are conducting an extensive organic chemistry analysis to develop novel testing methods to detect additional nitrosamine impurities, including NMBA.
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Translations for novel
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- навэла, аповесць, раманBelarusian
- novel·laCatalan, Valencian
- román, neotřelý, originálníCzech
- neu, neuartig, RomanGerman
- μυθιστόρημα, πρωτότυποςGreek
- novedoso, novela, novedosaSpanish
- romaani, uusi, uudenlainenFinnish
- originale, roman, original, nouveau, nouvelleFrench
- nobhailScottish Gaelic
- उपन्यास, नया, कथा, कहानीHindi
- nuovo, originale, romanzoItalian
- 小説, 新奇Japanese
- novellus, romaniceLatin
- роман, несекојдневен, новMacedonian
- nieuw, romanDutch
- powieść, nowyPolish
- novo, romance, nova, originalPortuguese
- original, roman, nouRomanian
- новый, роман, оригинальный, повесть, новеллаRussian
- роман, romanSerbo-Croatian
- නවකතාවSinhala, Sinhalese
- వినూత్న, నవలTelugu
- повість, роман, новелаUkrainian
- tiểu thuyếtVietnamese
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