noun, plural Bil·dungs·ro·mans, German Bil·dungs·ro·ma·ne [beel-doo ngks-raw-mah-nuh] /ˈbil dʊŋks rɔˌmɑ nə/.
- a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
- 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.