Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “novelty”

novelty

noun
 
 
/ˈnɒvəlti/
QUALITY [U] the quality of being new or unusual: The fashion industry relies on novelty, and photographers are always looking for new faces.NewModern and fashionable
NEW THING [C] an object, event, or experience that is new or unusual: Tourists are still a novelty on this remote island.NewModern and fashionable
CHEAP TOY [C] a cheap toy or unusual object, often given as a giftToys and dolls
(Definition of novelty from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “novelty” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More