Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An innovation; a novelty.
  • n. Novelty; newness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Newness; novelty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Newness; novelty.

Etymologies

Inherited from the Middle English novitē ("an innovative practice"), from the Middle French novité ("novelty”, “change”, “innovation"), from the Latin novitās ("newness”, “novelty”; “rareness”, “strangeness”; “newness of rank”; “reformation"); cognate with the Italian novità, the Portuguese novidade, the Romanian noutate, and the Spanish novedad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The uncertainty and ignorance of things to come, makes the world new unto us by unexpected emergencies; whereby we pass not our days in the trite road of affairs affording no novity; for the novelizing spirit of man lives by variety, and the new faces of things.

    Christian Morals

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