novelty

noun
nov·​el·​ty | \ ˈnä-vəl-tē How to pronounce novelty (audio) \
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 pluralDisney 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 attributivelyThe 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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Recent Examples on the Web For those who aren’t going to a workplace, who aren’t traveling, who are barely hitting the grocery store, the novelty of gaining access to someone else’s scene holds unusual power now. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Watch These TikTok Videos. The Vibe Is Contagious.," 18 Nov. 2020 Meesa not so sure about including this very bizarre lamp on a list of gift recommendations, but the sheer novelty of it will surely appeal to someone. David Kender, USA TODAY, "40 gifts for the Star Wars fan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 Better yet, anyone who remembers the Winter Walk on Stockton Street probably recalls the enticing novelty of two blocks turned into a lively destination. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to make sure winter is welcoming in the time of COVID," 15 Nov. 2020 The very novelty of mail-in voting for many voters could be a liability in 2020. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Here’s what happens if there isn’t a winner on Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 While yes, those price points aren't necessarily a casual impulse buy, the quality and quantity of the tools (not to mention the novelty and innovation of the Posey itself, which trust, is a saving grace for your back) are fair for the price. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Olive & June’s New Nail Kit Gave Me A Salon-Perfect Pedicure (& I Did It Myself)," 27 Oct. 2020 The novelty of voting at the ballpark, which has never been used as a voting center, was a lure for some. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland voters open eight days of early, in-person voting amid robust turnout from mail-in voters," 26 Oct. 2020 The novelty of the permit has been cited as one of the reasons for the delays. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico still awaiting final LNG export permit," 22 Oct. 2020 Just the novelty of casting a ballot in the arena may encourage people to come out. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "Early voting in metro New Orleans is here: Expect long lines, wait times, coronavirus protocols," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Novelty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/novelty. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for novelty

novelty

noun
How to pronounce novelty (audio)

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 How to pronounce novelty (audio) \
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 How to pronounce novelty (audio) \
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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