Definition of novelty in English:

novelty

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒv(ə)lti
 
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noun (plural novelties)

  • 1 [mass noun] The quality of being new, original, or unusual: the novelty of being a married woman wore off
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    • They mistook novelty for originality, creativity, and competence.
    • The novelty of the quality improvement approach was welcomed by patients and staff as a way to change the system.
    • But creativity means appearance of novelty, which by definition exists outside the confines of a deterministic universe.
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  • 1.1 [count noun] A new or unfamiliar thing or experience: in 1914 air travel was still a novelty
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    • Spanish football is experiencing a novelty: the successful export of some of its better footballers.
    • My companion had never eaten sushi before and found the whole experience a novelty.
    • Casual sexual experiences are not a novelty for either of them (they have both had sex with other partners in the toilets of a particular pub, for example).
  • 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting an object intended to be amusing as a result of its unusual design: a novelty teapot
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    • She designed a novelty cake using a scene from the Lord of the Rings film based on the novel of the same name by J.R. Tolkien for inspiration.
    • You are probably one of those students who uses novelty fonts in your designs because they look ‘cool.’
    • He's either an amusing novelty act or just plain annoying.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French novelte, from novel 'new, fresh' (see novel2).

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