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"novelty" in British English

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noveltynoun

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 still had 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: The shop sells gifts and other novelties. A Christmas cracker usually contains a paper hat, a joke, and a novelty. a novelty item
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"novelty" in American English

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noveltynoun [C/U]

us   /ˈnɑv·əl·ti/
the quality of being new or unusual, or a new or unusual experience: [U] The novelty of the toys soon wore off.
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"novelty" in Business English

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noveltynoun

uk   /ˈnɒvəlti/ us  
[U] the quality of being new and unusual: Sales of the new game are very high, but they will start to drop as the novelty wears off.
[C] something that is new and unusual: Flexible schedules, once a novelty, are now more commonplace.
[C] a cheap unusual object such as a small toy, often given as a present: We sell toys, glassware, handicrafts, table decorations, and novelties at moderate prices.
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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