American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character.
- Borrowing from German Bildungsroman, from Bildung, from bildunge, from bildunga, from bilidon ("to shape"), from bilodi ("form, shape"), + Roman ("novel"), from French, roman ("novel"). Hence "novel of education" or "novel of formation". (Wiktionary)
- German : Bildung, formation (from Middle High German bildunge, from Old High German bildunga, from bilidōn, to shape, from bilōdi, form, shape) + Roman, novel (from French, a story in the vernacular, novel; see roman). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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