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.
- 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 of noveltyMiddle English novelte ; from Old French noveleté ; from Late Latin novellitas
having characteristics that are new, unusual, atypical, etc.: a novelty tune
- The quality of being novel; newness.
- Something new and unusual; an innovation.
- A small mass-produced article, such as a toy or trinket.
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural novelties)
novelty - Legal Definition
an element required to obtain a patent. See new and useful.