pl. -·las or -·le
- a short prose narrative, usually with a moral and often satirical, as any of the tales in Boccaccio's Decameron
- short novel
Origin of novellaIt: see novel,
nounpl. no·vel·las or no·vel·le
- A short prose tale often characterized by moral teaching or satire.
- A short novel.
Origin of novellaItalian; see novel1.
(plural novellas or novelle)
- a short novel