Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “novel”


noun [C]     /ˈnɒvəl/
B1 a book that tells a story about imaginary people and events: Have you read any good novels lately?Types of film, play, book etc.Kinds of booksLiterature in general
novelist noun [C] B2 someone who writes novelsOccupations and tradesPeople who write for work or pleasureLiterature in general
(Definition of novel noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “novel”

Definitions of “novel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More