novelty

noun
nov·​el·​ty | \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \
plural novelties

Definition of novelty

1 : something new or unusual the novelty of a self-driving car
2 : the quality or state of being novel : newness an uncritical acceptance of novelty as advance— H. M. Jones A toy's novelty soon wears off.
3 : a small manufactured article intended mainly for personal or household adornment usually used in plural Disney novelties filled the shelves.
4 : something (such as a song or food item) that provides often fleeting amusement and is often based on a theme often used attributively The movie included a few novelty songs.

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Examples of novelty in a Sentence

the novelty of space exploration Electric-powered cars are still novelties. Eating shark meat is a novelty to many people.
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Imagine popping to the store to pick up your final ribbons, wrapping paper, and sprouts—only to find actual Kate Middleton browsing the novelty festive socks and Prince George checking out the slime offerings. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took Prince George and Princess Charlotte Christmas Shopping at a Bargain Store," 24 Dec. 2018 For perspective, some cities in Colorado ban the use and possession of all fireworks, including sparklers and other novelties. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fireworks in Phoenix: $59 and a surprisingly not (entirely) lame display," 3 July 2018 Previously, state residents could set foot into Phantom and other big-name companies’ showrooms to shop for nonexplosive novelties. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Fireworks sales are booming in Pennsylvania thanks to a change in the law," 30 June 2018 The vast selection could work well to attract customers for the novelty of the store, according to retail industry consultants. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Inside the New Amazon 4-Star Store, a Novelty Gift Shop," 27 Sep. 2018 Go for the uni novelty, and stay for the titular flatbread pizza. Natalie B. Compton, SFChronicle.com, "Local uni divers share favorite Santa Barbara seafood spots," 13 June 2018 And Curry was there to talk about reality, a novelty in this most unreal of spectacles. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Reverend Michael Curry's sermon added a glowing moral dimension to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.," 19 May 2018 Below are 12 products that are worth trying, if only for the Instagram-moment novelty. Claire Valentine, The Cut, "12 CBD Beauty Products for Celebrating 420," 20 Apr. 2018 In truth, the most significant thing about the day's cargo run may be that there is little novelty to it whatsoever. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Watch SpaceX Launch Its Resupply Mission to the ISS," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of novelty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for novelty

Middle English novelte, borrowed from Anglo-French novelté, from novel "new, novel entry 1" + -té -ty

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The first known use of novelty was in the 14th century

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novelty

noun

English Language Learners 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

novelty

noun
nov·​el·​ty | \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \
plural novelties

Kids Definition of novelty

1 : something new or unusual Grandma remembers when television was a novelty.
2 : the quality or state of being new or unusual The toy's novelty soon wore off.
3 : a small unusual ornament or toy

novelty

noun
nov·​el·​ty | \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \
plural novelties

Legal Definition of novelty

: the quality or state of being new : quality of being different from anything in prior existence satisfied the requirement of novelty for a patent on the design

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