Definition of roman-fleuve in US English:


nounPlural romans-fleuves

  • 1A novel featuring the leisurely description of the lives of closely related people.

    • ‘There is something heroic about any novelist embarking upon that most Herculean of labours, a roman-fleuve.’
    • ‘Among those who have set out to write a roman-fleuve and failed is this poet laureate.’
    epic, chronicle, legend, folk tale, romance, traditional story, history, narrative, adventure, fairy story, myth
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    1. 1.1 A sequence of related, self-contained novels.


French, literally ‘river novel’.