[in-uh-vey-shuh n]


something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

Origin of innovation

First recorded in 1540–50, innovation is from the Late Latin word innovātiōn- (stem of innovātiō). See innovate, -ion
Related formsin·no·va·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for innovation

Contemporary Examples of innovation

Historical Examples of innovation

  • They are, as a rule, averse to innovation, especially when it involves expenditure.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • And Harriet had established on the Street the innovation of after-dinner coffee.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The result of the first year's trial demonstrated the wisdom of the "innovation."

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • They stood for all that had come to the country, all the change and innovation that he hated.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • There is no greater evil in a state than the spirit of innovation.



British Dictionary definitions for innovation



something newly introduced, such as a new method or device
the act of innovating
Derived Formsinnovational, adjectiveinnovationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for innovation

mid-15c., "restoration, renewal," from Latin innovationem (nominative innovatio), noun of action from past participle stem of innovare (see innovate).

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