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novel
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Definition new and original — typically something considered good

More commonly, novel is used as a noun to refer to work of fiction that is published as a book.
  • It is a novel idea and just might work.
novel = new and original
  • We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
  • novel = new and original
  • The computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem.
  • She both fits in perfectly yet remains slightly novel.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • novel = new and original
  • But enough of that for the present; let us go and see Master Pedro's show, for I am sure there must be something novel in it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • If you think about the world of a preschooler, they are surrounded by stuff they don't understand — things that are novel.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • novel = new and original
  • The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • novel = new
  • He remembered every detail of the previous day and he knew that a perfectly novel experience had befallen him, that he had received an impression unlike anything he had known before.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • He relished the role and concocted novel, grueling training regimens that his teammates still remember well.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • novel = new (not previously seen)
  • Pierre was greatly surprised by his wife's view, to him a perfectly novel one, that every moment of his life belonged to her and to the family.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • novel = new and original
  • The whole thing was so novel and surprising that the General was completely overcome with happiness.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • The night in prison was novel and interesting enough.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • novel = new and original
  • Such meditation was a new thing for him, novel, sweet in a melancholy sort of way,
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • He decided to offer Lorenzo a novel solution: "Next time somebody wants to fight you, pretend you're having a seizure."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Of course, there's nothing novel in that.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • novel = new and original
  • He wanted to find a "novel" item, something that people would wear that was not being sold in the stores.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • In after years such things became commonplace enough, but then they were in no slight degree novel and startling.
    Frank R. Stockton  --  The Lady, or the Tiger?
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • ...the enemy is crafty and cunning and full of novel treacheries and stratagems.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
  • novel = new and original
  • Bathsheba's adventurous spirit was beginning to find some grains of relish in these highly novel proceedings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • novel = pleasantly new and original
  • Later I realized what made the experience so novel: He was the first old person I'd spent time with who wasn't in my family.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
novel = new and original

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