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Meaning of “novelty” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​toyssoon wore off and the ​childrenbecamebored 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 ​remoteisland. [C] a ​cheapunusualobject such as a ​smalltoy, often given as a ​present: The ​shopsellsgifts and other novelties. A ​Christmascracker usually ​contains a ​paperhat, 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 ​unusualexperience: [U] The novelty of the ​toyssoonwore off.
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"novelty" in Business English

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noveltynoun

uk   us   /ˈnɒvəlti/
[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 ​moderateprices.
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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