roman a clef

roman à clef

[raw-mah na kle]
plural romans à clef [raw-mahn za kle] . French.
a novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction. Unabridged
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roman à clef (rɔmɑ̃ a kle)
n , pl romans à clef
a novel in which real people are depicted under fictitious names
[literally: novel with a key]

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roman à clef [(roh-mahn ah klay)]

A novel in which actual people and places are disguised as fictional characters. Roman à clef is French for “novel with a key.”

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