roman à clef


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ro·man à clef

 (rō-mäN′ ä klā′)
n. pl. ro·mans à clef (rōmäN′ zä klā′)
A novel in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise.

[French : roman, novel + à, with + clef, key.]

roman à clef

(rɔmɑ̃ a kle)
n, pl romans à clef (rɔmɑ̃ a kle)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a novel in which real people are depicted under fictitious names
[literally: novel with a key]

roman à clef

1. A French phrase meaning novel with a key, used to mean a novel in which real people are described but under false names.
2. A story based on real characters and events known to the author, but presented under fictitious names.
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Noun1.roman a clef - a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fictional characters
novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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roman à clef

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