Today’s Word : roman-fleuve

Word : roman-fleuve

PRONUNCIATION:

(roe-MAAN*-fluhv)

[* the middle syllable is nasal]

MEANING:

noun: A long novel, often in several volumes, that tells the story of an individual, family, or society across several generations.

ETYMOLOGY:

From French roman (novel) + fleuve (river). Earliest documented use: 1936. Plural romans-fleuves.

USAGE:

“And it’d be a shame to miss out on the delights of the roman-fleuve as summer reading: there’s a thrill in buying 12 volumes to read end-to-end.”
Tim Martin; I’ll be Joining the Dance Online; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); May 17, 2008.

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