novelty novelty  /ˈnɑ vəl ti/


  1. (n) originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
  2. (n) originality by virtue of being new and surprising
  3. (n) a small inexpensive mass-produced article
  4. (n) cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing


  1. He recently opened a four-month engagement playing novelty compositions and pop classics at the posh Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
  2. TV's most philosophical entertainment--or most entertaining work of philosophy--piled on plot curlicues like the toppings on an oversize novelty sundae.
  3. No other country is as obsessed with novelty as Japan.


  1. Sale of novelty lighters could be banned in NY

    The sale of novelty lighters shaped like toys, guns and cartoon characters could soon be banned... - 2:52 pm
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Press & Sun-Bulletin

  2. Deputies: Adult novelty store selling synthetic pot

    Sauk County deputies say an adult novelty store in the town of Delton has been selling synthetic marijuana. Deputies used a search warrant to enter Cupid’s Novelties and Lingerie, at County Road BD, on Thursday after the Sauk County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into the business. Officers recovered synthetic marijuana, being sold as “potpourri,” drug paraphernalia for the smoking ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WISC-TV Madison

  3. State Senate approves novelty lighter ban

    ALBANY — Novelty cigarette lighters that look like toys may soon be illegal to sell in New York State.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New York Daily News


  1. "Whenever I was getting frustrated about being 'novelty boy' and making movies, I told myself, 'Calm down'. I can come down here and disappear," Depp told celebrity website Bang Showbiz.
    on Jun 3, 2009 By: Johnny Depp Source: Straits Times

  2. Harvey Weinstein said disappointing returns for "Grindhouse" resulted from the "novelty in America of releasing a double bill and asking an audience to make a three-hour commitment."
    on Apr 8, 2007 By: Harvey Weinstein Source: Forbes

  3. "What we see all over our TV screens today originated in large part in that movie," film historian Leonard Maltin told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "It was a novelty then, deglamorizing Hollywood's depiction of crime-solving, taking it...
    on Mar 8, 2008 By: Leonard Maltin Source: Washington Post

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