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novelty

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noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Simple Definition of novelty

  • : the quality or state of being new, different, and interesting

  • : something that is new or unusual : something novel

  • : something unusual and entertaining that is popular for a short period of time

Full Definition of novelty

plural nov·el·ties

  1. 1 :  something new or unusual

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being novel :  newness

  3. 3 :  a small manufactured article intended mainly for personal or household adornment —usually used in plural

  4. 4 :  something (as a song or food item) that provides often fleeting amusement and is often based on a theme —often used attributively

Examples of novelty

  1. the novelty of space exploration

  2. Electric-powered cars are still novelties.

  3. Eating shark meat is a novelty to many people.



Origin of novelty

Middle English novelte, from Anglo-French novelté, from novel


First Known Use: 14th century



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