Meaning of novel

nov•el

Pronunciation: (nov'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.
  2. (formerly) novella (def. 1).

nov•el

Pronunciation: (nov'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before: a novel idea.

nov•el

Pronunciation: (nov'ul), [key]
— n.
    1. an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials.
    2. Usually,Novels,imperial enactments subsequent to the promulgation of Justinian's Code and supplementary to it: one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
  1. an amendment to a statute.
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