- Novelty is the state or quality of being new, exciting, unusual or unique.
A brand new toy given to a child is an example of a novelty.
novelty definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. novelties
- the quality of being novel; newness; freshness
- something new, fresh, or unusual; change; innovation
- a small, often cheap, cleverly made article, usually for play or adornment: usually used in pl.
Origin: Middle English novelte ; from Old French noveleté ; from Late Latin novellitas
having characteristics that are new, unusual, atypical, etc.: a novelty tune
novelty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. nov·el·ties
- The quality of being novel; newness.
- Something new and unusual; an innovation.
- A small mass-produced article, such as a toy or trinket.
novelty - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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See also fads.cainophobia an abnormal fear of novelty. Also called cainotophobia. esoterica a collection of items of a special, rare, novel, or unusual quality. esotericism 1. the holding of secret doctrines; the practice of limiting knowledge to a small group. 2. an interest in items of a special, rare, novel, or unusual quality. Also esoterism. —esoterist, n. griffinism 1. the condition of being a griffin, or new arrival from Britain, in India. 2. behavior characteristic of a griffin. kainomania a mania for novelty. misoneism a hatred of novelty. Also called neophobia. neolatry Rare. the worship of novelty. —neolater, n. neophilism philoneism. neophobia misoneism. neoterist an innovator, expecially a coiner of new words. philoneism an excessive love of novelty. Also called neophilism.
novelty - Legal Definition
an element required to obtain a patent. See new and useful.