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n. pl. no·vel·las or no·vel·le (-vĕl′ē, -vĕl′ā)
1. A short prose tale often characterized by moral teaching or satire.
2. A short novel.
[Italian; see novel1.]
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n, pl -las or -le (-leɪ)
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (formerly) a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a moral or satirical point, such as those in Boccaccio's Decameron
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short novel; novelette
[C20: from Italian; see novel1]
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n., pl. -vel•las for 2, -vel•le (-ˈvɛl i, -ˈvɛl eɪ) for 1.
1. a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.
2. a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
[1900–05; < Italian; see novel1]
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A short narrative tale that is longer than a short story, often one with a moral or satirical point.
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n → Novelle f
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