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Explanation: I thought that was easy--a give away...the root word seemed to make it clear. You have not provided a context for the word.
If you go to the Merriam Webster Dictionary site at www.m-w.com, you could find the meaning.
I am giving you meanings from the Webster dictionary site.
1. Main Entry: nov·el·ette
2. Main Entry: no·vel·la
Inflected Form(s): plural novellas or no·vel·le /-'ve-lE/
Etymology: Italian, from feminine of novello new, from Latin novellus
a) plural novelle : a story with a compact and pointed plot
b) plural usually novellas : a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel
Roomy Naqvy India Local time: 18:38 Native speaker of: Hindi
Explanation: soap opera is when you are talking about TV, but if you are talking about a book, it seems to Portuguese and a lot of people use to make mistakes with the word novel, the wrong one in this case.
so, in this case: soap opera, ok?