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roman à clef

[raw-mah na kle] /rɔ mɑ na ˈklɛ/
noun, plural romans à clef
[raw-mahn za kle] /rɔ mɑ̃ za ˈklɛ/ (Show IPA).
a novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction. Unabridged
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roman à clef

/rɔmɑ̃ a kle/
noun (pl) romans à clef (rɔmɑ̃ a kle)
a novel in which real people are depicted under fictitious names
Word Origin
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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