3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Novel \Nov"el\, noun [F. nouvelle. See {Novel}, adjective]

1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.

2. pl. News; fresh tidings. [Obs.]

Some came of curiosity to hear some novels. --Latimer.

3. A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love. --Dryden. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. [L. novellae (sc. constitutiones): cf. F. novelles.] (Law) A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under {Novel}, adjective

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Novel \Nov"el\, adjective [OF. novel, nuvel, F. nouvel, nouveau, L. novellus, dim. of novus new. See {New}.] Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.

Note: In civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. These contained new decrees of successive emperors.

{Novel assignment} (Law), a new assignment or specification of a suit.

Syn: New; recent; modern; fresh; strange; uncommon; rare; unusual.

Usage: {Novel}, {New} . Everything at its first occurrence is new; that is novel which is so much out of the ordinary course as to strike us with surprise. That is a new sight which is beheld for the first time; that is a novel sight which either was never seen before or is seen but seldom. We have daily new inventions, but a novel one supposes some very peculiar means of attaining its end. Novel theories are regarded with distrust, as likely to prove more ingenious than sound.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: original and of a kind not seen before; "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem" [syn: {fresh}, {new}, {novel}]

2: pleasantly new or different; "common sense of a most refreshing sort" [syn: {novel}, {refreshing}]


1: an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

2: a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction; "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he burned all the novels"

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