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English definition of “novelty”


noun     /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 .NewModern and fashionable C2 [C] something that has not been experienced before and so is interesting : Tourists are still a novelty on this remote island .NewModern and fashionable [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 Presents and giftsGifts in the form of moneyToys and dolls
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