Novel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈnɑːvl|  American pronunciation of the word novel
Brit.  |ˈnɒv(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word novel


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


- original and of a kind not seen before (syn: fresh, new)
the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
- pleasantly new or different (syn: refreshing)

Extra examples

She has suggested a novel approach to the problem.

Handheld computers are novel devices.

It took Vikram Seth three years to write his 1,349-page novel 'A Suitable Boy'.

What a novel idea!

Word forms

singular: novel
plural: novels
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