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.

Primary Meanings of novel

an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
original and of a kind not seen before
Full Definitions of novel

n 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
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
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:
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

n 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
Type of:
book, volume
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

adj original and of a kind not seen before

“the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem”
fresh, new
being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

adj pleasantly new or different

not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered

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