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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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Examples from the web for novella
  • 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.
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.).

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