Definition of novelette in English:

novelette

noun

derogatory
  • A short novel, typically one that is light and romantic or sentimental in character.

    • ‘Those are the short stories, here are the novelettes.’
    • ‘Often her class held the suspense of a mystery novelette.’
    • ‘Drawing on these experiences, Webb's novelettes focus on the leisure-time activities of upper-class society in London, Paris, and Cannes.’
    • ‘After a couple of novelettes, she started writing short stories for all leading publications in Malayalam and brought out her first compilation of short stories as ‘Nirmalyam’ in 1994.’
    • ‘We're trying to discern the difference between a short story, a vignette, a novella, and a novelette.’
    • ‘Ayn Rand wrote three novels, at least seven nonfiction books, a novelette and two plays.’
    • ‘Lazily the nurse laid her romance novelette down and got up.’
    • ‘The novelette is well translated and available at Amazon.com.’
    • ‘There was a time when only a section of the women population were addicted to the novelettes churned out by several scintillating weeklies.’
    • ‘Holden's next appearance was in a 90-page novelette finished in 1946, which, Salinger was unhappy with and did not publish, even though it had been accepted by a publisher.’
    • ‘The novelette aside, the overall quality isn't quite up to par with Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, but it's better than I expected.’
    • ‘The first of these, published in 1846, bore the title of a featured novelette, Aunt Patty's Scrap Bag.’
    • ‘My current work in progress is a novelette about the death of the playwright Christopher Marlowe, so it's exciting for me to be behind the scenes of a real theatre.’
    • ‘Sophie Dahl's novelette was the straw that broke Matthew's back.’
    • ‘The trend in films and in the increasingly popular American pulp novelette is towards pornography and sex as part of a whole picture of violence.’
    • ‘The original novelette, The Bicentennial Man, was one of Asimov's finest pieces of work.’
    • ‘In the marketplace of feature films, they've sort of become like novelettes - quaint-seeming, tied to a different era when everything was simpler.’
    • ‘That first love can exert a powerful force, both constructive and destructive, is the central theme of Jens Christian Grøndahl's excellent novelette Virginia.’
    • ‘The denigrated genres are there in abundance: romance, novelettes, westerns, ‘hard-boiled’ and so on.’
    • ‘For the rest of his long, innovative and hugely prolific career, he drew inspiration from the comics, novelties, magazines, toys and cheap novelettes collected over the years with magpie insatiability.’

Pronunciation

novelette

/nɒvəˈlɛt/