Definition of feuilleton in English:



  • 1A part of a newspaper or magazine devoted to fiction, criticism, or light literature.

    ‘her sharp wit has made her one of Russia's masters of the literary feuilleton’
    • ‘Berlin's Museum Island dominates the first page of the SZ feuilleton.’
    • ‘Exponentially increasing literacy rates among women and the resultant popularity of feuilletons had made this an important political issue in the mid-nineteenth century.’
    • ‘As the authors point out, Le Monde's pages have become France's contemporary Balzac, a feuilleton that readers can follow day by day.’
    • ‘The feuilleton film critics were unanimously pleased that the Golden Palm at Cannes went to Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.’
    • ‘Now, at 33 he is stirring up a huge furore in the feuilletons with his novel ‘Con le peggiori intenzioni’ (with the worst intentions).’
    • ‘It's true, you can get this stuff in the US (for example, if you subscribe to The New York Review of Books) but I'd rather get a newspaper that comes with a real feuilleton.’
    • ‘Reich-Ranicki began his career as literary critic in West Germany, where his colleagues in the leading feuilleton sections tended to write in an academic, dry, moralising tone understandable only to their peers.’
    • ‘It should bring together essays, speeches, feuilleton articles, essays, reviews of literature, theatre, music and the visual arts.’
    • ‘Well, Chervel feels that the time has come and from now on ‘ will present English translations of the German-language feuilletons.’’
    • ‘It was on the cosy feuilleton sections of some of the continent's leading newspapers that they choose to make their wordy stand.’
    • ‘And that is why he uses every opportunity to fulminate against the feuilleton press, which he accuses of intimidating younger colleagues and nipping their political engagement in the bud.’
    • ‘In spite of some verbal jousting on the pages of the feuilletons, Dirk Knipphals does not believe writers play any role in the election campaign.’
    • ‘The public showed an increasing appetite for light essays, character sketches, vignettes and urban panoramas, which were to be found on the back pages, or feuilletons, of daily journals and magazines.’
    • ‘That won't stop the bored and routine debates on the subject from taking place in the feuilletons.’
    • ‘On the front page of the feuilleton section, historian Götz Aly answers Cambridge economic historian Adam Tooze and Hans-Ulrich Wehler, doyen of modern social history in Germany.’
    • ‘Iraqi poet and publisher Khalid al-Maaly complains about the lack of quality in the Iraqi feuilletons, or culture pages.’
    1. 1.1 An article printed in a feuilleton.
      • ‘At the time, Salten was his conservative counter force at the New Free Press, the paper on the forefront of war propaganda, and wrote feuilletons.’
      • ‘Dispensing with the flowery feuilletons of traditional Viennese reportage, Wilder wrote tough, realistic pieces on sporting personalities, local celebrities, and visiting jazz musicians.’
      • ‘Et voila, this halo of glory has evaporated before the indifference of the crowd; it's annoying, especially when one has gone to such trouble and expense to construct one's success out of the praise of newspaper feuilletons.’
      • ‘Morally disreputable characters like Rocambole and Fantômas became the stars of ever-extending series of 19th-century romans feuilletons, plotting a course subsequently followed by the likes of Fu Manchu and Count Dracula.’
      • ‘Aleko was one of the best Bulgarian writers of feuilletons, commentaries filled with the indignation of a writer with a social conscience regarding the protection of national rights and freedom.’
      • ‘The perpetual precocious adolescent flitting about mothlike, creating trifles, feuilletons, elegant piffle.’
      • ‘Notable especially in these feuilletons are the numerous speech motives, little fragments of speech Janacek collected everywhere and notated as musical motives.’
      • ‘Roth was a master of the feuilleton, or think piece, which held an honoured place in the pages of Europe's great newspapers during the 20th century.’
      • ‘Even when his feuilletons don't stir a Gorgon to chuckle, they educe awe for the Wallenda grace of his prose, his solving of sentences.’
      • ‘It was not registered as political, which avoided punitive taxation, and contained everything from news to financial and legal reports, literary reviews, human interest stories, and the feuilleton, or serial.’
      • ‘In the hands of a lyricist like Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) or Bill Callahan such little surface-surfing emotional feuilletons can have an incisive and unexpected judo quality about them.’
      • ‘The narrator in the urban nineteenth-century Russian novel is likewise informed by a coupling of the Russian chronicle tradition with the Parisian physiological sketch, filtering via the feuilleton into the serialized novel.’
      • ‘Each of the feuilletons is about two or three pages in length.’


Mid 19th century: French, from feuillet, diminutive of feuille ‘leaf’.