Pronunciation: (nō-vel'u), [key]
—pl. -vel•las, -vel•lePronunciation: (-vel'ē, -vel'ā). [key]
1. a tale or short story of the type contained in the Decameron of Boccaccio.
2. a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.
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