novelty


novelty
novelty nov‧el‧ty [ˈnɒvlti ǁ ˈnɑː-] noun novelties PLURALFORM [countable usually plural]
a new, unusual product which is cheap to produce and will probably only be popular with customers for a short time:

• a shop selling cheap toys, gifts, and novelties

• novelty sweatshirts and sweaters

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novelty UK US /ˈnɒvəlti/ noun
[U] the quality of being new and unusual: »

Sales of the new game are very high, but they will start to drop as the novelty wears off.

[C] something that is new and unusual: »

Flexible schedules, once a novelty, are now more commonplace.

[C] a cheap unusual object such as a small toy, often given as a present: »

We sell toys, glassware, handicrafts, table decorations, and novelties at moderate prices.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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