feuilleton

feuilleton

[foi-i-tn; French fœyuh-tawn]
noun, plural feuilletons [foi-i-tnz; French fœyuh-tawn] .
1.
a part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
2.
an item printed in the feuilleton.

Origin:
1835–45; < French, equivalent to feuillet little leaf (feuille (< Latin folium leaf) + -et -et) + -on noun suffix

feuilletonism [foi-i-tn-iz-uhm, fœ-yi-] , noun
feuilletonist, noun
feuilletonistic, adjective
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feuilleton (ˈfʊɪˌtɒn, French fœjtɔ̃)
 
n
1.  the part of a European newspaper carrying reviews, serialized fiction, etc
2.  such a review or article
 
[C19: from French, from feuillet sheet of paper, diminutive of feuille leaf, from Latin folium]
 
'feuilletonism
 
n
 
'feuilletonist
 
n
 
feuilleton'istic
 
adj

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feuilleton
part of a Fr. newspaper devoted to light literature and criticism (usually at the bottom of a page and separated by a rule), 1845, from Fr., lit. "a leaflet (added to a newspaper)," dim. of feuille "leaf," from L. folium (see folio).
"Esp. applied in F. to the short story or serial with which newspapers filled up after the fall of Napoleon left them short of war news. This was the beginning of Dumas' and Eugène Sue's long novels." [Weekley]
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