Meaning of novelty

nov•el•ty

Pronunciation: (nov'ul-tē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ties,
—n.
  1. state or quality of being novel, new, or unique; newness: the novelty of a new job.
  2. a novel occurrence, experience, or proceeding: His sarcastic witticisms had ceased being an entertaining novelty.
  3. an article of trade whose value is chiefly decorative, comic, or the like and whose appeal is often transitory: a store catering to tourists who loaded up with souvenir pennants and other novelties.
—adj.
    1. (of a weave) consisting of a combination of basic weaves.
    2. (of a fabric or garment) having a pattern or design produced by a novelty weave.
    3. (of yarn) having irregularities within the fibrous structure.
  1. of or pertaining to novelties as articles of trade: novelty goods; novelty items.
  2. having or displaying novelties: novelty shop.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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