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The Latin root word nov means “new.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including novel, supernova, and renovate. The Latin root word nov is easily recalled through the English word novel, for a novel experience is one that has never happened before and so is “new” to you.

Happy Novel Year!

The Latin root word nov means “new.” Here’s to a fresh beginning in this novel or “new” year!

So, what exactly will you do in this “new” or novel year? Perhaps you will begin on a novel, a form of writing which at base means a “new” prose story? Something not quite as ambitious would be writing a novella, or short novel.

Perhaps you will come up with an innovation, or the act of making a thoroughly “new” thing which will make millions for you? All you have to do to innovate is come up with some novelty, or “new” item which is original and/or unusual that everyone wants to buy—simple, right?

Perhaps your New Year’s resolutions will include renovating your house by making it seem “new” again, or at least your dog’s house? Maybe your cat’s? Or perhaps it will include a trip to Nova Scotia, or “New” Scotland, to visit the relatives you’ve been meaning to visit for so many years now?

If you’re an amateur astronomer, and a lucky one at that, you may be the first to observe a nova, short for the Latin stella nova, or “new star.” A nova is a star which suddenly increases in brightness by a factor of many thousands, and thus “newly” appears to the casual observer in the heavens. A supernova, on the other hand, is a star which explodes, and so creates a “new” star that is very bright in appearance until it runs out of fuel.

Or perhaps you will become a novice in a “new” pursuit, such as a hobby or sport “new” to you? Then again, you could go much further and make a whole life change by becoming a novitiate, or one who is “new” to a religious order, such as studying to become a nun or monk.

Maybe you will win the lottery and become a member of the nouveau riche, or “newly” rich! If so, you will often see the Latin phrase novus ordo saeclorum, or “new order of the ages,” which appears at the base of the pyramid on the reverse side of all those dollar bills that you will have won!

Now, just so our sun doesn’t turn into a nova or supernova, enjoy the beginning of this novel year, since, after all, it will be only “new” once!

  1. novel: “new” (adj.)
  2. novel: a “new” prose story (n.)
  3. novella: a short “novel”
  4. innovation: act of making something “new”
  5. innovate: to make something “new”
  6. novelty: a “new” item
  7. renovate: to make “new” again
  8. Nova Scotia: “New” Scotland
  9. nova: a star which “newly” appears in the sky
  10. supernova: an exploding star which “newly” appears in the sky
  11. novice: a person “new” to something
  12. novitiate: a person “new” to a religious order
  13. nouveau: French adjective for “new”
  14. novus ordo saeclorum: Latin for “new” order of the ages


  • innovation

    An innovation is something new that is created or is a novel process for doing something.

  • novice

    If you are a novice at an activity, you have just begun or started doing it.

  • renovate

    When you renovate something, such as a home or other building, you modernize or make it like new again.

  • innovate

    bring something new to an environment

  • innovative

    ahead of the times

  • innovator

    someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art

  • novel

    original and of a kind not seen before

  • novelty

    originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel

  • novitiate

    the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)

  • renovation

    the act of improving by renewing and restoring

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