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1. A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
2. The literary genre represented by novels.
[Ultimately from Old Italian novella, piece of news, chit-chat, tale, novella, from Vulgar Latin *novella, from neuter pl. of Latin novellus, diminutive of novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]
Strikingly new, unusual, or different. See Synonyms at new.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin novellus, diminutive of novus; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]
in a novel fashion