a person who writes novels.

1575–85; novel1 + -ist Unabridged
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novelist (ˈnɒvəlɪst)
a writer of novels

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Example sentences
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.
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