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Definition of novel:

  1. 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.
  2. A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.
  3. News; fresh tidings.
  4. Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
  5. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.


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Usage examples:

  • It is a scene from a novel.

    - "In Luck at Last", Walter Besant.
  • A clever novel of English life in Burmah.

    - "In the Mayor's Parlour", J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher.
  • What is it that we want in a novel?

    - "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.