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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

feuilleton

\FOI-i-tn\ , noun;
1.
a part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
2.
an item printed in the feuilleton.
Quotes:
The editor is impressed by my work and says he will consider my feuilleton, if I submit it this afternoon.
-- Selden Edwards, The Little Book
The novel in numbers is known with us, but the daily feuilleton has not yet been tried by our newspapers, the proprietors of some of which would, perhaps, do well to consider the matter.
-- William Makepeace Thackeray, Jerome Paturot
Origin:
Feuilleton originally referred to the light fiction or serial articles that commonly appeared in French newspapers in the 1840s after the fall of Napoleon. It is a diminutive form of the French word feuille meaning "leaf."
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