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[nov-uh l-tee] /ˈnɒv əl ti/

noun, plural novelties.
state or quality of being , 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 or relating to novelties as articles of trade:
novelty goods; novelty items.
having or displaying novelties:
novelty shop.
noun (pl) -ties

a new or unusual experience or occurrence
(often pl) a small usually cheap new toy, ornament, or trinket

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).


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