from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
- n. The literary genre represented by novels.
- adj. Strikingly new, unusual, or different. See Synonyms at new.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. new, original, especially in an interesting way
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
- n. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
- n. News; fresh tidings.
- n. 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.
- n. A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of recent origin or introduction; not old or established; new.
- Previously unknown; new and striking; unusual; strange: as, a novel contrivance; a novel feature of the entertainment.
- Synonyms Fresh, Recent, etc. See new.
- n. Something new; a novelty.
- n. A piece of news; news; tidings: usually in the plural.
- n. In civil law, a new or supplemental constitution or decree; one of the novel constitutions of certain Roman emperors, so called because they appeared after the authentic publications of law made by these emperors.
- n. A fictitious prose narrative or tale, involving some plot of more or less intricacy, and aiming to present a picture of real life in the historical period and society to which the persons, manners, and modes of speech, as well as the scenery and surroundings, are supposed to belong.
- n. Synonyms Tale, Romance, Novel. Tale was at one time a favorite word for what would now be called a novel, as the tales of Miss Austen, and it is still used for a fiction whose chief interest lies in its events, as Marryat's sea tales. “Works of Action may be divided into romances and novels. … The romance chooses the characters from remote, unfamiliar quarters, gives them a fanciful elevation in power and prowess, surrounds them by novel circumstances, verges on the supernatural or passes its limits, and makes much of fictitious sentiments, such as those which characterized chivalry. The poor sensational novel has points of close union with the earlier romance. … The novel, so far as it adheres to truth, and treats of life broadly, descending to the lowest in grade, deeply and with spiritual forecast, seeing to the bottom, is not only not open to these objections, but rather calls for … commendation.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
- n. a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
- adj. original and of a kind not seen before
- adj. pleasantly new or different
Ultimately from Italian novella, from Old Italian, piece of news, chit-chat, tale, from Vulgar Latin *novella, from neuter pl. of Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin novellus, diminutive of novus; see newo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French novel ("new, fresh, recent, recently made or done, strange, rare") (modern nouvel), from Latin novellus ("new, fresh, young, modern"), diminutive of novus ("new"). (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)