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bil·dungs·ro·man or Bil·dungs·ro·man  audio  (bldngz-r-män, -dngks-) KEY 

NOUN:
A novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character.

ETYMOLOGY:
German : Bildung, formation (from Middle High German bildunge, from Old High German bildunga, from bilidn, to shape, from bildi, form, shape) + Roman, novel (from French, a story in the vernacular, novel; see roman)


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