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 long printed story about imaginary characters and events:

a paperback novel
Have you read any of Jane Austen's novels?
His latest novel is selling really well.

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  • She churns out a new bestselling novel every year.
  • Have you ever read Fielding's classic novel 'Tom Jones'?
  • This passage of text has been excerpted from her latest novel.
  • She has amassed a huge fortune from her novels.
  • The characters in his novels tend to be rather one-dimensional.

noveladjective

uk /ˈnɒv.əl/ us /ˈnɑː.vəl/

(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, printed story about imaginary characters and events:

noveladjective

us /ˈnɑv·əl/

novel adjective (NEW)

new and original; not like anything seen before:

(Definition of “novel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)