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 for novel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Novel \Nov"el\, n. [F. nouvelle. See Novel, a.]
     1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
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     2. pl. News; fresh tidings. [Obs.]
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              Some came of curiosity to hear some novels.
                                                    --Latimer.
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     3. A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story,
        having some degree of complexity and development of
        characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of
        events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation
        of the passions, and often of love. --Dryden.
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     4. [L. novellae (sc. constitutiones): cf. F. novelles.] (Law)
        A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under
        Novel, a.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Novel \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.
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     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.
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     Novel assignment (Law), a new assignment or specification
        of a suit.
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     Syn: New; recent; modern; fresh; strange; uncommon; rare;
          unusual.
  
     Usage: Novel, New . Everything at its first occurrence is
            new; that is novel which is so much out of the
            ordinary course as to strike us with surprise. That is
            a new sight which is beheld for the first time; that
            is a novel sight which either was never seen before or
            is seen but seldom. We have daily new inventions, but
            a novel one supposes some very peculiar means of
            attaining its end. Novel theories are regarded with
            distrust, as likely to prove more ingenious than
            sound.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  novel
      adj 1: original and of a kind not seen before; "the computer
             produced a completely novel proof of a well-known
             theorem" [syn: fresh, new, novel]
      2: pleasantly new or different; "common sense of a most
         refreshing sort" [syn: novel, refreshing]
      n 1: an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of
           a story
      2: a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction;
         "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he
         burned all the novels"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  122 Moby Thesaurus words for "novel":
     Bildungsroman, Gothic novel, authentic, avant-garde, bauble,
     best seller, bibelot, blockbuster, book, bound book, classic,
     coloring book, comic novel, creative, curio, definitive work,
     detective novel, different, dime novel, dreadful, epistolary novel,
     erotic novel, firsthand, folio, fresh, gewgaw, gimcrack,
     great work, hardback, historical novel, imaginative, juvenile,
     juvenile book, limp-cover book, magnum opus, modern, modernistic,
     narrative, neoteric, new, new-fashioned, newfangled, nonbook,
     notebook, nouvelle, novel of character, novel of ideas,
     novel of incident, novel of manners, novel of sensibility,
     novelette, novella, odd, opus, opuscule, opusculum, original,
     paperback, peculiar, penny dreadful, picaresque novel,
     picture book, playbook, pocket book, pornographic novel,
     prayer book, problem novel, production, proletarian novel,
     propaganda novel, psalmbook, psalter, psychological novel,
     publication, recent, regional novel, revolutionary, river novel,
     roman, roman a clef, roman-fleuve, romance, satirical novel,
     science-fiction novel, sentimental novel, serial, shilling shocker,
     short story, short-short, singular, sketchbook, sociological novel,
     soft-cover, songbook, special, standard work, storiette, story,
     storybook, strange, stream-of-consciousness novel, tale,
     thesis novel, title, tome, trade book, trifle, trinket, uncommon,
     unconventional, underived, unfamiliar, unheard-of, unique,
     untested, untried, unusual, vignette, volume, whatnot, work,
     writing
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  NOVEL, n.  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.
  

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