Definition of novelty
1 : something new or unusual the novelty of a self-driving car
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.
Recent Examples of novelty from the Web
The intriguing novelty here is Nolan’s three vantage points: land, sea and air.
To get this far, the prosecutors have relied on techniques that are novelties in Brazil.
As the rise of internet shopping takes off, more and more people avoid novelty stores.
The federal judges also chuckled at times at the novelty of the case, which involves a monkey in another country that is unaware over the fuss.
Berthiaume said in the early years Michaels' family all played a role in the game-day operation of the team, from taking tickets to working at the novelty stand.
The site adds that the trademarks are for things including fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, water bottles, sports balls, and other novelty items.
One renowned tech expert predicts Apple will market it as a 10th anniversary novelty item, and that despite its hefty price tag, sales could venture well into the 60 millions.
The center, which opened in May, is still something of a novelty and De Inza expects business to really pick up in the Fall.
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Origin and Etymology of novelty
Middle English novelte, from Anglo-French novelté, from novel
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
NOVELTY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of novelty for Students
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
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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