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