Definition of Tristram Shandy from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Tristram Shandy

 
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a novel (1759-67) by Laurence Sterne, considered to be one of the first novels in English. Although it sets out to be about the life of Tristram Shandy, there is no clear structure to the way the story is told and the reader is introduced to many other strange and amusing characters.