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 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.

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 The Wrangler's old-school novelty hits you hard in more ways than its rough ride. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 Nov. 2021 Once a hard-to-find novelty, Korean beauty (or K-beauty) is now just as accessible as drugstore staples. Glamour, 21 Oct. 2021 With the team on a five-game winning streak, the uniforms transformed almost instantly from novelty to staple., 23 Sep. 2021 Another novelty is the Yacht Design and Innovation Hub, a new space for the presentation of yacht concepts where visitors can interact with designers and even sketch the first lines of their future yacht. Richard Alban, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 The panoply of now sacrosanct Jewish dishes have been ignored at a time when novelty triumphs over consistent, decades long excellence. John Mariani, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The shop is packed with novelty gifts, many of which are under $50. Sarah Toscano,, 27 Oct. 2021 Inspired by color, prints, and hip-hop style, Hylton turns up the volume with elevated loungewear with bold novelty patterns and unmistakable energy. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 19 Oct. 2021 Down in the garage, the walls papered with so many giant novelty winners’ checks that they now get put on the ceiling, is a plain brown box. John Branch, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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


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


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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