American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality of being novel; newness.
- n. Something new and unusual; an innovation.
- n. A small mass-produced article, such as a toy or trinket.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The quality of being novel; newness; freshness; recentness of origin or introduction.
- Unaccustomedness; strangeness; novel or unusual character or appearance: as, the novelty of one's surroundings.
- Something new or strange; a novel thing: as, to hunt after novelties.
- Especially A new article of trade; an article of novel design or new use.
- An innovation.
- In patent law, the quality of being sub-stantially different from any previous invention.
- n. The state of being new or novel; newness.
- n. A new product; an innovation.
- n. A small mass-produced trinket.
- n. In novelty theory, newness, density of complexification, and dynamic change as opposed to static habituation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being novel; newness; freshness; recentness of origin or introduction.
- n. Something novel; a new or strange thing.
- n. A small mass-produced article of little value; a knickknack.
- n. originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
- n. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
- n. a small inexpensive mass-produced article
- n. originality by virtue of being new and surprising
- Old French novelté (Modern French nouveauté), from the adjective novel, ultimately from Latin novellus. (Wiktionary)
“From my testimony then about myself, if you believe it, judge of others also who are Catholics: we do not find the difficulties which you do in the doctrines which we hold; we have no intellectual difficulty in that doctrine in particular, which you call a novelty of this day.”
“From my testimony then about myself, if you believe it, judge of others also who are Catholics: we do not find the difficulties which you do in the doctrines which we hold; we have no intellectual difficulty in that in particular, which you call a novelty of this day.”
“The business of the world is imitation, and that which we call novelty is nothing but repetition.”
“Adrian Ludwig of the Adobe AIR team recaps the various territories it has been adopted into: social apps (mostly Twitter apps, I think), enterprise apps (Salesforce, Oracle), government apps (the Polish Finance Ministry), and what I call novelty apps (like the Fast & Furious widget and the HP Green).”
“And to this day, you can still find Thundercats gear in novelty shops.”
“When it comes to monster movies, novelty is not the be-all end-all; there is always room for a splashy new death or a witty recontextualization, but there are benefits to sticking to the formula.”
“One seems like a license to print money, and the other may end up being simply an exercise in novelty printing.”
“Instead they waited until Williams said the sort of moderately dumb thing about something that had gotten a whole lot of other people fired without much forethought or responsibility (the only novelty is that for the first time, someone was saying something moderately dumb about Muslims and NOT getting away with it).”
“When apparel maker Betabrand created a pair of khaki pants whose back-pocket linings and hems could be exposed to reveal reflective fabric, it expected the pants to be a short-term novelty item.”
“Convenience might be the reason most people give for going out to grab lunch, but novelty is a huge part of it.”
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