bildungsromane

Bildungsroman

[bil-doongz-roh-mahn; German beel-doongks-raw-mahn]
noun, plural Bildungsromans German, Bildungsromane [beel-doongks-raw-mah-nuh] .
a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.

Origin:
1905–10; < German, equivalent to Bildung formation + -s noun ending in compounds + Roman novel

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Bildungsroman (ˈbɪldʊŋsromaːn)
 
n
a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development
 
[literally: education novel]

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Bildungsroman
1910, from Ger. Bildungsroman, from Bildung "education, formation, growth" (from Bild "picture, image, figure;" O.H.G. bilade) + roman "novel" (see romance). A novel set in the formative years, or the time of spiritual education, of the main character.
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