Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a European newspaper devoted to light fiction, reviews, and articles of general entertainment.
  • n. An article appearing in such a section.
  • n. A novel published in installments.
  • n. A light, popular work of fiction.
  • n. A short literary essay or sketch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A marked off small section of a European newspaper page where usually some light or entertaining article is printed.
  • n. A light or entertaining article, usually published in a marked off small section of a European newspaper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part of a French newspaper (usually the bottom of the page), devoted to light literature, criticism, etc.; also, the article or tale itself, thus printed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In French newspapers, a part of one or more pages (the bottom) devoted to light literature or criticism, and generally marked off from the rest of the page by a rule.
  • n. The matter given in the feuilleton, very commonly consisting of part of a serial story.

Etymologies

French, from feuillet, sheet of paper, little leaf, diminutive of feuille, leaf, from Old French foille, from Latin folium; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Listen to the French word feuilleton and to today's quote, below.

    feuilleton - French Word-A-Day

  • Today, learn the French word "feuilleton", and follow a less dramatic "soap" (feuillotte? savonette?) in today's column. feuilleton (fuhy-tohn) noun, masculine serial (program), soap opera

    feuilleton - French Word-A-Day

  • Clever, philosophical, urbane, trenchant, the feuilleton is an attempt, in Roth's words, to say "true things on half a page."

    Dispatches From a Lost Empire

  • The feuilleton is a genre pioneered in Viennese newspapers that lies somewhere between the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" and an op-ed.

    Dispatches From a Lost Empire

  • In fact, for a long time, Bourget rose at 3 a.m. and elaborated anxiously study after study, and sketch after sketch, well satisfied when he sometimes noticed his articles in the theatrical 'feuilleton' of the 'Globe' and the

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • These, however, were very primitive, given over entirely to purely local brevities, and the prices of potatoes, beets and other commodities, and containing also a "feuilleton" of interest to the farmers and laborers.

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders

  • In fact, for a long time, Bourget rose at 3 a.m. and elaborated anxiously study after study, and sketch after sketch, well satisfied when he sometimes noticed his articles in the theatrical 'feuilleton' of the 'Globe' and the 'Parlement', until he finally contributed to the great 'Debats' itself.

    Cosmopolis — Complete

  • This story, like "Round the World in Eighty Days" was first issued in "feuilleton" by the noted Paris newspaper "Le Temps."

    Off on a Comet

  • "Round the World in Eighty Days" was first issued in "feuilleton" by the noted Paris newspaper "Le Temps."

    Off on a Comet! a Journey through Planetary Space

  • He lived the life of a sovereign, or, better still, of a journalist; in fact, he was the perambulating "feuilleton" of Parisian commerce.

    The Illustrious Gaudissart

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  • • noun a part of a newspaper or magazine devoted to fiction, criticism, or light literature.

    November 8, 2009

  • "I had been somewhat hard-up lately, and one after the other of my belongings had been taken to my 'Uncle.' I had grown nervous and irritable. A few times I had kept my bed for the day with vertigo. Now and then, when luck had favoured me, I had managed to get five shillings for a feuilleton from some newspaper or other."
    - Knut Hamsun, 'Hunger'.

    July 25, 2009