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Inherited from the Middle English novitē (an innovative practice), borrowed from Middle French novité (novelty”, “change”, “innovation), from the Latin novitās (newness”, “novelty”; “rareness”, “strangeness”; “newness of rank”; “reformation); cognate with the Italian novità, the Portuguese novidade, the Romanian noutate, and the Spanish novedad.



novity (countable and uncountable, plural novities)

  1. (countable, now rare) An innovation; a novelty.
    • 1460, “Dublin documents” quoted by John Thomas Gilbert in Calendar of the Ancient Records of Dublin (1889), volume 1, page 307
      Such novitees hath not be uset afor this time.
    • 1972 December 22nd, The Times Literary Supplement, page 1,545, column 5
      The ‘Jesus freaks’ and other extravagant novities of American religious life.
  2. (uncountable, now rare) Novelty; newness.
    • 1569, Henricus Cornelius Agrippa [aut.] and James Sanford [tr.], Of the Vanitie and Vncertaintie of Artes and Sciences (1st edition), page 14b
      With a nouitee or straungnesse full of trifles.
    • 1823 December, Charles Lamb, “Amicus Redivivus” in The London Magazine, page 615, column 1:
      That unmeaning assumption of eternal novity.