- state or quality of being novel, new, or unique; newness: the novelty of a new job.
- a novel occurrence, experience, or proceeding: His sarcastic witticisms had ceased being an entertaining novelty.
- 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.
- (of a weave) consisting of a combination of basic weaves.
- (of a fabric or garment) having a pattern or design produced by a novelty weave.
- (of yarn) having irregularities within the fibrous structure.
- of or relating to novelties as articles of trade: novelty goods; novelty items.
- having or displaying novelties: novelty shop.
Origin of novelty
Examples from the Web for novelty
“The novelty of David Duke has worn off,” said Scalise then.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
Novelty aside, the real question is whether these avowedly chaste men of the cloth are listening.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
Not even the hawkiest neo-conservative is calling for war, a novelty in recent American history.The Unhappy Truth About Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
May 2, 2014
The appeal of Bitcoin lies in part in its novelty and techy-ness.The Free-Market Cluelessness of Bitcoin Enthusiasts
March 7, 2014
For them, novelty and naughtiness were the ultimate aphrodisiacs.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
Nor was he ever diverted from his predilections by mere fashion or novelty.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The novelty of the experience had made her eyes shine like stars.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There is nothing of novelty to them in this tacitly shared sense of gloom.In the Valley
As the novelty wore off, people began to doubt and reason about it.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Some other novelty will spring up one day, and you will be released.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
- the quality of being new and fresh and interesting
- (as modifier)novelty value
- a new or unusual experience or occurrence
- (often plural) a small usually cheap new toy, ornament, or trinket
Word Origin and History for novelty
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).