novelty

noun
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.

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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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Perhaps part of the lure is the novelty of an expansion team advancing and part is so many people spend time in Las Vegas at some point or another. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "ESPN's Alex Rodriguez stumbles on a new way to spoil a potential no-hitter," 21 May 2018 Cole even copped a pair of novelty, if not questionable, sunglasses. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse and KJ Apa are On Vacation Together and It’s Pretty Much an Episode of "Riverdale"," 4 Jan. 2019 And, hey, maybe the novelty of riding them even two or three blocks got at least a few people out of their cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 That 100-box of crayons may seem pretty tempting, but in reality, the novelty will wear off pretty quickly. Courtney Jespersen, The Seattle Times, "Tips for saving money on school supplies," 26 July 2018 It’s rare today to find a guitar with totally unique functionality and design, especially one that isn’t a cheesy novelty. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Then again, outdoor hockey in L.A. was a novelty in itself, owed largely to advanced refrigeration technology. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 Imagine popping to the store to pick up your final ribbons, wrapping paper, and sprouts—only to find actual Kate Middleton browsing the novelty festive socks and Prince George checking out the slime offerings. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took Prince George and Princess Charlotte Christmas Shopping at a Bargain Store," 24 Dec. 2018 For perspective, some cities in Colorado ban the use and possession of all fireworks, including sparklers and other novelties. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fireworks in Phoenix: $59 and a surprisingly not (entirely) lame display," 3 July 2018

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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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novelty

noun

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

novelty

noun
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

novelty

noun
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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