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Novel (noun)

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Nóvel. n.s. [nouvelle, French.]

  1. A small tale, generally of love.

    Nothing of a foreign nature; like the trifling novels which Ariosto inserted in his poems. Dryden.

    Her mangl'd fame in barb'rous pastime lost,
    The coxcomb's novel and the drunkard's toast.

  2. A law annexed to the code.

    By the civil law, no one was to be ordained a presbyter till he was thirty-five years of age: though by a later novel it was sufficient, if he was above thirty. Ayliffe's Par.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Dryden, John (788) · Prior, Matthew (162)

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