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novel

noun [C] uk   /ˈnɒv.əl/ us    /ˈnɑː.vəl/
B1 a long printed story about imaginary characters and events: a paperback novel historical/romantic novels Have you read any of Jane Austen's novels? His latest novel is selling really well.

novel

adjective uk   /ˈnɒv.əl/ us    /ˈnɑː.vəl/
new and original, not like anything seen before: a novel idea/suggestion Keeping a sheep in the garden is a novel way of keeping the grass short!
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