Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
News; fresh tidings.
A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.
A fictitious tale or narrative, professing to be conformed to real life; esp., one intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and particularly of love.
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hEnglish - advanced version
\nov"el\, n. [f. nouvelle. see novel, a.]
1. that which is new or unusual; a novelty.
2. pl. news; fresh tidings. [obs.] some came of curiosity to hear some novels.
3. a fictitious tale or narrative, professing to be conformed to real life; esp., one intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and particularly of love.
4. [l. novellae (sc. constitutiones): cf. f. novelles.] (law) a new or supplemental constitution. see the note under novel, a.
\nov"el\ (?), a. [of. novel, nuvel, f. nouvel, nouveau, l. novellus, dim. of novus new. see new.] of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
note: in civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. these contained new decrees of successive emperors.
assignment (law), a new assignment or specification of a suit.
The Devil's Dictionary
A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the panorama. Unity, totality of effect, is impossible; for besides the few pages last read all that is carried in mind is the mere plot of what has gone before. To the romance the novel is what photography is to painting. Its distinguishing principle, probability, corresponds to the literal actuality of the photograph and puts it distinctly into the category of reporting; whereas the free wing of the romancer enables him to mount to such altitudes of imagination as he may be fitted to attain; and the first three essentials of the literary art are imagination, imagination and imagination. The art of writing novels, such as it was, is long dead everywhere except in Russia, where it is new. Peace to its ashes -- some of which have a large sale.
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About