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[nov-uh-list] /ˈnɒv ə lɪst/
a person who writes novels.
Origin of novelist
1575-85; novel1 + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The very imperfections of the novelist have become the charms of the historian.

  • The children belonged to the novelist, who was about thirty-five.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • In the German version—and I hope also in the French—the reader will not fail to discern some of the novelist's finest gifts.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • If I were a novelist now all this would be grist for my mill.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • For the novelist who specialises on temperamental delineation, it has wide possibilities.

    The Lure of the Pen Flora Klickmann
British Dictionary definitions for novelist


a writer of novels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for novelist

"writer of novels," 1728, hybrid from novel (n.) + -ist. Influenced by Italian novellista. Earlier in English, it meant "an innovator" (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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