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Meaning of NOVEL

Pronunciation:  'nâvul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
  3. [adj]  pleasantly novel or different; "common sense of a most refreshing sort"
  4. [adj]  of a kind not seen before; "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"

NOVEL is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: fresh, new, original, refreshing
 See Also: book, detective novel, dime novel, fiction, mystery novel, novelette, novella, penny dreadful, roman a clef, roman fleuve, romance, volume



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nov"el\, a. [OF. novel, nuvel, F. nouvel, nouveau, L.
    novellus, dim. of novus new. See {New}.]
    Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence,
    out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
    Note: In civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those
          which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in
          time to the other books. These contained new decrees of
          successive emperors.
    {Novel assignment} (Law), a new assignment or specification
       of a suit.
    Syn: New; recent; modern; fresh; strange; uncommon; rare;
    Usage: {Novel}, {New} . Everything at its first occurrence is
           new; that is novel which is so much out of the
           ordinary course as to strike us with surprise. That is
           a new sight which is beheld for the first time; that
           is a novel sight which either was never seen before or
           is seen but seldom. We have daily new inventions, but
           a novel one supposes some very peculiar means of
           attaining its end. Novel theories are regarded with
           distrust, as likely to prove more ingenious than
  2. \Nov"el\, n. [F. nouvelle. See {Novel}, a.]
    1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
    2. pl. News; fresh tidings. [Obs.]
             Some came of curiosity to hear some novels.
    3. 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. --Dryden.
    4. [L. novellae (sc. constitutiones): cf. F. novelles.] (Law)
       A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under
       {Novel}, a.
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