Definition of novel adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

novel

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈnɒvl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːvl//
 
 
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(often approving) different from anything known before; new, interesting and often seeming slightly strange a novel feature Job-sharing is still a novel concept and it will take a while for employers to get used to it. The plan sounded rather novel. It was an American who came up with the novel idea of drive-in restaurants. Word Originadjective late Middle English (in the sense ‘recent’): from Old French, from Latin novellus, from novus ‘new’.
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