bil·dungs·ro·man or Bil·dungs·ro·man (bĭldngz-rō-män′, -dngks-)
A novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character.
[German : Bildung, formation (from Middle High German bildunge, from Old High German bildunga, from bilidōn, to shape, from bilōdi, form, shape) + Roman, novel (from French, a story in the vernacular, novel; see ROMAN).]
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