novelty

noun nov·el·ty \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \

Definition of novelty

plural novelties
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

  1. the novelty of space exploration

  2. Electric-powered cars are still novelties.

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

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Origin and Etymology of novelty

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


NOVELTY Defined for English Language Learners

novelty

noun

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

noun nov·el·ty \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \

Definition of novelty for Students

plural novelties
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

Law Dictionary

novelty

noun nov·el·ty \ ˈnä-vəl-tē \

legal Definition of novelty

plural novelties
: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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