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NOVEL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does novel mean? 

NOVEL (noun)
  The noun NOVEL has 2 senses:

1. a extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
2. a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction

  Familiarity information: NOVEL used as a noun is rare.


NOVEL (adjective)
  The adjective NOVEL has 2 senses:

1. original and of a kind not seen before
2. pleasantly new or different

  Familiarity information: NOVEL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NOVEL (noun)


Sense 1novel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("novel" is a kind of...):

fiction (a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "novel"):

detective novel; mystery novel (novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end)

dime novel; penny dreadful (a melodramatic paperback novel)

novelette; novella (a short novel)

roman a clef (a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fictional characters)

romance (a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life)

roman fleuve (a French novel in the form of a long chronicle of a family or other social group)


Sense 2novel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels / he burned all the novels

Hypernyms ("novel" is a kind of...):

book; volume (physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together)


NOVEL (adjective)


Sense 1novel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Original and of a kind not seen before

Synonyms:

novel; fresh; new

Context example:

the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

Similar:

original (being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of)


Sense 2novel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pleasantly new or different

Synonyms:

novel; refreshing

Context example:

common sense of a most refreshing sort

Similar:

new (not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered)


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