noun, plural novellas, novelle [noh-vel-ee, -vel-ey] .
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.

1900–05; < Italian; see novel1 Unabridged
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novella (nəʊˈvɛlə)
n , pl -las, -le
1.  (formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
2.  a short novel; novelette
[C20: from Italian; see novel1]

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Robust keyboard lets you work on that novella while waiting for the bus.
And, as a rhyming novella, there's really no question who wrote it.
It occupies the uneasy ground between the novella proper and the personal essay or confession.
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