• WordNet 3.6
    • n novelty cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
    • n novelty a small inexpensive mass-produced article
    • n novelty originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
    • n novelty originality by virtue of being new and surprising
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason the Animal Crackers box is designed with a string handle is because when the popular circus theme was introduced in 1902 they thought it would also be a good idea to package them with a string as a Christmas novelty so they could be hung from Christmas trees
    • Novelty A small mass-produced article of little value; a knickknack.
    • Novelty Something novel; a new or strange thing.
    • Novelty The quality or state of being novel; newness; freshness; recentness of origin or introduction. "Novelty is the great parent of pleasure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • novelty The quality of being novel; newness; freshness; recentness of origin or introduction.
    • novelty Unaccustomedness; strangeness; novel or unusual character or appearance: as, the novelty of one's surroundings.
    • novelty Something new or strange; a novel thing: as, to hunt after novelties.
    • novelty Especially A new article of trade; an article of novel design or new use.
    • novelty An innovation.
    • novelty In patent law, the quality of being sub-stantially different from any previous invention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Novelty newness: unusual appearance: anything new, strange, or different from anything before:—pl. Nov′elties
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  • Maria De Beausacq
    Maria De Beausacq
    “The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.”
  • Shelby Foote
    Shelby Foote
    “Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. novelté, F. nouveauté, L. novellitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. novel (Fr. nouveau)—L. novellusnovus.


In literature:

She was very pretty; but pretty girls were no novelty in his life; he knew them by the score.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
What was the novelty?
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
After the first novelty is over, no place can please, except either by its intrinsic beauty, or the happy effect of habit.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Then he came to a place where all sorts of novelties relating to the stationery trade were turned out.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
But after the novelty of London life had worn off, it ceased to be to Franklin's taste.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
He had been on the cars before, yet the ride was much of a novelty.
"Randy of the River" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Gabriel approached to within thirty yards, and was quite absorbed with the novelty of the sight.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
They were men, he feared, who were not to be altogether trusted; men beguiled by dangerous novelties of trend.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
His remarks about peace and war were not palatable, and his suggestions about trade were a novelty.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Excited somewhat by the novelty and danger of his undertaking, he felt relieved by the violence of his exertion.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

No novelty are you,
O Lady of all my time,
Veering unbid into my view
Whether I near Death's mew,
Or Life's top cyme!
"At Moonrise And Onwards" by Thomas Hardy
To novelty ever inclined--
Instead of a calm evening sail,
'Twould suit my adventurous mind
To ride on the back of a whale.
"By The Sea" by Hattie Howard
When you come in, it seems a brighter fire
Crackles upon the hearth invitingly,
The household routine which was wont to tire ,
Grows full of novelty.
"To One Who Comes Now And Then" by Francis Ledwidge
A spring of love, so strong, so high,
You'd really think would ne'er be dry.
But novelty, like cloth, will wear,
And, like your coat, become thread-bare.
Nay, where's the thing, in all the range
Of human life, not apt to change?
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
What newness once suggested to,
Now clearer reason doth improve my view;
By novelty my soul was taught
At first, but now reality my thought
Inspires; and I Perspicuously Each way instructed am by sense,
Experience, reason, and intelligence.
"Right Apprehension" by Thomas Traherne

In news:

Here's an example of how thin, printed flexible batteries are used to bring life to novelty items.
Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties .
Your customers can stay fashionably on-trend with merchandise from Novelty Redemption.
'Mansome' review: Male beauty the latest novelty to spur Spurlock.
Leveraging the Brain's Need for Novelty & Shortcuts.
In order to compete with the masses, candy companies have had to step up their game when it comes to novelty Easter candy.
Lytro's role in photojournalism: A novelty or a new path.
The False Novelty of Making Reading 'Social'.
He is more than a novelty now, but also more than just an underrated player finding success.
A pet is not a seasonal novelty .
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs are warning trick-or-treaters to stay away from novelty contact lenses that are designed to change the eye's appearance.
The novelty doughnut grows up.
This building on US 5 in Derby, which houses Roaster's and is across the street from the recently opened Vermont Pie and Pasta Restaurant, is scheduled to house an adult novelty store.
An adult novelty store could be opening in Derby in the near future.
Not a huge fan of the novelty song, I woul.

In science:

The following case is the main novelty of this paper. 4.
Harmonic Maps between Generalized Lagrange Spaces
In our approach, the definition of novelty is rather peculiar.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
However, the novelty of the model lies in the fact that random QD superlattices can also be studied.
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
Novelties in regularity are introduced by the singular perturbation ǫ∆ which generates the semigroup eǫt∆ .
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
The novelty of the approach is that it gives some control on the approximation involved, and proves the variational nature of the replica free-energies.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems