novel Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “novel” in the English Dictionary

"novel" in British English

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novelnoun [C]

uk   /ˈnɒv.əl/  us   /ˈnɑː.vəl/
B1 a ​longprintedstory about ​imaginarycharacters and ​events: a ​paperback novel historical/​romantic novels Have you ​read any of Jane Austen's novels? His ​latest novel is ​selling really well.
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noveladjective

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 ​grassshort!
(Definition of novel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"novel" in American English

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novelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈnɑv·əl/

novel noun [C] (BOOK)

literature a ​long, ​printedstory about ​imaginarycharacters and ​events: literary/​romance novels

noveladjective

 us   /ˈnɑv·əl/

novel adjective (NEW)

new and ​original; not like anything ​seen before: a novel ​idea/​suggestion
(Definition of novel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “novel”
in Korean 소설…
in Arabic رِواية…
in Malaysian novel…
in French roman…
in Russian роман…
in Chinese (Traditional) (長篇)小說…
in Italian romanzo…
in Turkish roman…
in Polish powieść…
in Spanish novela…
in Vietnamese tiểu thuyết…
in Portuguese romance…
in Thai นวนิยาย…
in German der Roman…
in Catalan novel·la…
in Japanese 小説…
in Chinese (Simplified) (长篇)小说…
in Indonesian novel…
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