1A novel featuring the leisurely description of the lives of closely related people.
epic, chronicle, legend, folk tale, romance, traditional story, history, narrative, adventure, fairy story, mythView synonyms
- ‘Among those who have set out to write a roman-fleuve and failed is this poet laureate.’
- ‘There is something heroic about any novelist embarking upon that most Herculean of labours, a roman-fleuve.’
- 1.1A sequence of related, self-contained novels.
French, literally river novel.