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Definition of novelty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. novelties)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being new, different, and interesting It was fun working there at first but the novelty soon wore off (= it became boring). There's a certain novelty value in this approach. We must not mistake novelty for originality and quality.
  2. 2[countable] a thing, person, or situation that is interesting because it is new, unusual, or has not been known before Electric cars are still something of a novelty.
  3. 3[countable] a small cheap object sold as a toy or a decorative object
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: novelty

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