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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: novella; NOVELLA

novel

1 noun
     
nov‧el1 W3 [countable]
AL a long written story in which the characters and events are usually imaginary [↪ fiction]:
a novel by Jane Austen
It took Vikram Seth three years to write his 1,349-page novel 'A Suitable Boy'.
detective/romantic/historical etc novel
a newly published science fiction novel
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


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