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[nov-uh-list] /ˈnɒv ə lɪst/
a person who writes novels.
Origin of novelist
1575-85; novel1 + -ist Unabridged
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Examples from the web for novelist
  • Barbara is a renowned novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer.
  • We meditated solemnly on the tragedy of this novelist born out of his place.
  • Rarely has a great novelist been so wrong about so much.
  • He has a historian's grasp of the period and a novelist's gift for character.
  • He chats with soldiers, cooks and a novelist, recording their conversations and snapping photos along the way.
  • Both as poet and novelist, he bore the badge of singularity.
  • Whether his faith was right or wrong, it certainly served him well as a novelist, and so did his experience.
  • Only the novelist who is not wise indulges in positive archaism.
  • The novelist is not alone in understanding that reality is amenable to any construction placed upon it.
  • Thus the first novelist clips bright coupons from his chosen traditions.
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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