novel

If something is so new and original that it's never been seen, used or even thought of before, call it novel. The noun novel describes a book-length work of fiction.

New and novel come from the same Indo-European root but by different paths. Whereas new is a Germanic word coming from Old English, novel is based on Latin novellus "new, young, fresh." If something is novel, it is new but also original, fresh and unique. Companies are always looking for that novel idea that will earn them millions and skydiving is a novel experience, especially if you're not adventurous.

Definitions of novel
  1. noun
    an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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    detective novel, mystery novel
    novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end
    dime novel, penny dreadful
    a melodramatic paperback novel
    novelette, novella
    a short novel
    roman a clef
    a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fictional characters
    romance
    a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life
    roman fleuve
    a French novel in the form of a long chronicle of a family or other social group
    bildungsroman
    a novel that focuses on the intellectual, moral, and psychological growth of the main character
    Gothic romance
    a romance that deals with desolate and mysterious and grotesque events
    bodice ripper
    a romantic novel containing scenes in which the heroine is sexually violated
    type of:
    fiction
    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
  2. noun
    a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
    “his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels
    “he burned all the novels
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    book, volume
    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
  3. adjective
    original and of a kind not seen before
    “the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem”
    synonyms: fresh, new
    original
    being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
  4. adjective
    pleasantly new or different
    synonyms: refreshing
    new
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
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