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.
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
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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