V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a new and surprising originality; 2. the quality of being new and different; 2. a small, inexpensive toy or trinket

Synonyms: originality, newness, innovation, freshness, fad, gimmick, curio

Antonyms: sameness, banality, familiarity, staleness

Tips: A novelty is usually something that hasn't been seen before, and is therefore, interesting. A novel idea is an idea that's new or different, one that hasn't previously been considered.

Usage Examples:

The novelty of a trend usually wears off quickly, and the trend setters go on to the next new thing. (newness)

Our store sells mainly novelty items that appeal to tourists and young people. (curio, gimmicky)

That's certainly a novel idea; I applaud your inventiveness. (new, interesting, original) adjective

Most novelties seem interesting for only a short period of time, then something new comes along. (fads, trends, new gimmicks)

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