Definition of novelty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    novelty

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒvlti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːvlti//
     
    (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
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French novelte, from novel ‘new, fresh’, from Latin novellus, from novus ‘new’.Extra examples At that time the motor car was still something of a novelty. The novelty of her new job soon wore off. The sheer novelty of the band’s performance won them many fans. This tropical fruit is still a great novelty in Europe. It was fun working there at first but the novelty soon wore off. There’s a certain novelty value in this approach.
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