novelty

play
noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Definition of novelty

plural

novelties

  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 in a sentence

  1. the novelty of space exploration

  2. Electric-powered cars are still novelties.

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

Origin and Etymology of novelty

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


First Known Use: 14th century


NOVELTY Defined for English Language Learners

novelty

play
noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Definition of novelty for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

novelty

play
noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Definition of novelty for Students

plural

novelties

  1. 1 :  something new or unusual <Grandma remembers when television was a novelty.>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being new or unusual <The toy's novelty soon wore off.>

  3. 3 :  a small unusual ornament or toy


Law Dictionary

novelty

play
noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Legal Definition of novelty

plural

novelties

  1. :  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>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up novelty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

skillful, artistic, or intricate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ