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|part of speech:
||a relatively long work of prose fiction, usu. having a plot and characters.
All of her crime novels have intricate plots and are highly suspenseful.
- book, roman
- similar words:
- account, epic, fiction, history, narrative, potboiler, roman a clef, romance, saga, story, tale
The word novel
comes from the Italian word novella
, which meant "new story."