Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Old French novelté (Modern French nouveauté), from the adjective novel, ultimately from Latin novellus. (Wiktionary)

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