Nov"el, n. [F. nouvelle. See Novel, a.] 1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
2. pl. News; fresh tidings.
Some came of curiosity to hear some novels.Latimer.
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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
constitutiones): cf. F.
(Law) A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel,
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