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[noh-vel-uh] /noʊˈvɛl ə/
noun, plural novellas, novelle
[noh-vel-ee, -vel-ey] /noʊˈvɛl i, -ˈvɛl eɪ/ (Show IPA)
a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.
Origin of novella
1900-05; < Italian; see novel1 Unabridged
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  • The novella stooped towards the prisoner and touched his face with her lips.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • Perhaps he was going to perish here, without seeing the novella again.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • The novelette can have almost as perfect form as the novella.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
  • In other words the novella was actually (though still in miniature) a novel in nature as well as in name.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • It is not quite so clear as to when and where a piece of fiction ceases to be a novella and becomes a novel.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for novella


noun (pl) -las, -le (-leɪ)
(formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
a short novel; novelette
Word Origin
C20: from Italian; see novel1
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Word Origin and History for novella

1902; see novel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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