[raw-mah na kle] /rɔ mɑ na ˈklɛ/
noun, plural romans à clef
[raw-mahn za kle] /rɔ mɑ̃ za ˈklɛ/ (Show IPA). French.
a novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction.
roman à clef
/rɔmɑ̃ a kle/
noun (pl) romans à clef (rɔmɑ̃ a kle)
a novel in which real people are depicted under fictitious names
roman à clef [(roh-mahn ah klay)]

A novel in which actual people and places are disguised as fictional characters. Roman à clef is French for “novel with a key.”


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