• (British) enPR: nŏvʹəl, IPA: /ˈnɒvl̩/
  • (America) enPR: nävʹəl, IPA: /ˈnɑvəl/


  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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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 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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novel (plural novels)

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

novel (plural novels)

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

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