noun, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne [beel-doo ngks-raw-mah-nuh] /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/.

  1. a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.


  1. a novel concerned with a person’s formative years and development

1910, from German Bildungsroman, from Bildung “education, formation, growth” (from Bild “picture, image, figure;” Old High German bilade) + roman “novel” (see romance). A novel set in the formative years, or the time of spiritual education, of the main character.

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