|1.||an extended work in prose, either fictitious or partly so, dealing with character, action, thought, etc, esp in the form of a story|
|2.||the novel the literary genre represented by novels|
|3.||obsolete (usually plural) a short story or novella, as one of those in the Decameron of Boccaccio|
|[C15: from Old French novelle, from Latin novella (narrātiō) new (story); see |
"A novel is like a violin bow; the box which gives off the sounds is the soul of the reader." [Stendhal, "Life of Henri Brulard"]Novelist "writer of novels" is 1728, infl. by It. novellista.