[ nov-uhl-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.

  1. 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.

  1. Textiles.

    • (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.

  2. of or relating to novelties as articles of trade: novelty goods; novelty items.

  1. having or displaying novelties: novelty shop.

Origin of novelty

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

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How to use novelty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for novelty


/ (ˈnɒvəltɪ) /

nounplural -ties
    • the quality of being new and fresh and interesting

    • (as modifier): novelty value

  1. a new or unusual experience or occurrence

  1. (often plural) a small usually cheap new toy, ornament, or trinket

Origin of novelty

C14: from Old French novelté; see novel ²

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