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novelty

[nov-uh l-tee]
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noun, plural nov·el·ties.
  1. state or quality of being novel, new, or unique; newness: the novelty of a new job.
  2. a novel occurrence, experience, or proceeding: His sarcastic witticisms had ceased being an entertaining novelty.
  3. an article of trade whose value is chiefly decorative, comic, or the like and whose appeal is often transitory: a store catering to tourists who loaded up with souvenir pennants and other novelties.
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adjective
  1. Textiles.
    1. (of a weave) consisting of a combination of basic weaves.
    2. (of a fabric or garment) having a pattern or design produced by a novelty weave.
    3. (of yarn) having irregularities within the fibrous structure.
  2. of or relating to novelties as articles of trade: novelty goods; novelty items.
  3. having or displaying novelties: novelty shop.
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Origin of novelty

1350–1400; Middle English novelte < Middle French novelete < Late Latin novellitās newness. See novel2, -ity
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Related Words for novelty

uniqueness, innovation, freshness, oddity, gimmick, curiosity, souvenir, crazy, oddball, origination, unfamiliarity, strangeness, creation, mutation, surprise, vicissitude, weird, sport, original, change

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British Dictionary definitions for novelty

novelty

noun plural -ties
    1. the quality of being new and fresh and interesting
    2. (as modifier)novelty value
  1. a new or unusual experience or occurrence
  2. (often plural) a small usually cheap new toy, ornament, or trinket
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Word Origin for novelty

C14: from Old French novelté; see novel ²
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Word Origin and History for novelty

n.

late 14c., "quality of being new," also "a new manner or fashion, an innovation; something new or unusual," from Old French noveleté "newness, innovation, change; news, new fashion" (Modern French nouveauté), from novel "new" (see novel (adj.)). Meaning "newness" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "useless but amusing object" is attested from 1901 (e.g. novelty shop, 1973).

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