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novelty

noun uk   /ˈnɒv.əl.ti/ us    /ˈnɑː.vəl.t̬i/
C2 [U] the quality of being new and unusual: The novelty of these toys soon wore off and the children became bored with them. In Britain in the 1950s, television had a novelty value.C2 [C] something that has not been experienced before and so is interesting: Tourists are still a novelty on this remote island. [C] a cheap unusual object such as a small toy, often given as a present: A Christmas cracker usually contains a paper hat, a joke, and a novelty. a novelty item
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