novelty

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noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Definition of novelty

plural

novelties

  1. 1 :  something new or unusual <the novelty of a self-driving car>

  2. 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. 3 :  a small manufactured article intended mainly for personal or household adornment —usually used in plural <Disney novelties filled the shelves.>

  4. 4 :  something (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.

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

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noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

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

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noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Definition of novelty for Students

plural

novelties

  1. 1 :  something new or unusual <Grandma remembers when television was a novelty.>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being new or unusual <The toy's novelty soon wore off.>

  3. 3 :  a small unusual ornament or toy


Law Dictionary

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noun nov·el·ty \ˈnä-vəl-tē\

Legal Definition of novelty

plural

novelties

  1. :  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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