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New vs. Novel: Know the Difference

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"New" refers to something recently made or acquired, while "novel" implies originality, uniqueness, or an inventive quality.
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"New" typically denotes something that is recently made, introduced, or discovered, emphasizing freshness or absence of prior use. "Novel," on the other hand, often implies creativity, originality, or a unique perspective, going beyond just being recent.
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In technology, a "new" device may refer to the latest version or model, updated with recent features. A "novel" technology, however, suggests a groundbreaking or unprecedented innovation, changing the way we understand or use technology.
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When discussing ideas, "new" can mean recently thought of or not previously considered, without necessarily being groundbreaking. In contrast, a "novel" idea is not only new but also original and potentially transformative in its field.
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In the context of experiences, "new" can refer to something unfamiliar or not previously encountered. "Novel" experiences, however, are those that are not only new but also unusual, unique, and often memorable due to their distinctiveness.
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In literature, "new" could simply mean a recently published book. A "novel" book, though, implies an inventive narrative, unique style, or an original theme, offering a fresh perspective in storytelling.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Recently made, acquired, or discovered
Inventive, unique, and original
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Usage in Technology

Latest version or update
Groundbreaking or unprecedented innovation
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Context in Ideas

Recently thought of, not previously considered
Original, transformative, and often groundbreaking
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Experience

Unfamiliar or not previously encountered
Unusual, unique, and memorable due to distinctiveness
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Literature

Recently published book
Book with inventive narrative or unique style
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New and Novel Definitions

New

Not previously used or owned
He moved into a new apartment.
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Novel

Unconventional and original
His novel ideas often sparked lively discussions.
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New

Recently developed or discovered
The new software update was released.
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Novel

New and not yet familiar
She introduced a novel concept in her presentation.
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New

Recently arrived or started
The new manager started today.
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Novel

Distinctive in nature or character
The artist's novel style set her work apart.
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New

Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent
A new law.
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Novel

Original and not resembling something formerly known
Her novel approach to the problem was impressive.
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New

Still fresh
A new coat of paint.
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Novel

A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
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New

Never used or worn before now
A new car.
A new hat.
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Novel

The literary genre represented by novels.
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New

Just found, discovered, or learned
New information.
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Novel

Strikingly new, unusual, or different.
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New

Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar
Ideas new to her.
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Novel

Newly made, formed or evolved; having no precedent; of recent origin; new.
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New

Different from the former or the old
The new morality.
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Novel

Original, especially in an interesting way; new and striking; not of the typical or ordinary type.
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New

Recently obtained or acquired
New political power.
New money.
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Novel

A work of prose fiction, longer than a novella.
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New

Additional; further
New sources of energy.
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Novel

(historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work.
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New

Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship
New neighbors.
A new president.
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Novel

(obsolete) A novelty; something new.
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New

Changed for the better; rejuvenated
The nap has made a new person of me.
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Novel

A new legal constitution in ancient Rome.
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New

Being the later or latest in a sequence
A new edition.
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Novel

Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
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New

Currently fashionable
A new dance.
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Novel

That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
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New

New In the most recent form, period, or development.
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Novel

News; fresh tidings.
Some came of curiosity to hear some novels.
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New

Inexperienced or unaccustomed
New at the job.
New to the trials of parenthood.
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Novel

A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love.
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New

Of or relating to a new moon.
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Novel

A extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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New

Freshly; recently. Often used in combination
New-mown.
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Novel

A printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction;
His bookcases were filled with nothing but novels
He burned all the novels
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New

Recently made, or created.
This is a new scratch on my car!
The band just released a new album.
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Novel

Of a kind not seen before;
The computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
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New

Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
I can't see you for a while; the pain is still too new.
Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?
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Novel

Pleasantly novel or different;
Common sense of a most refreshing sort
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New

Additional; recently discovered.
We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
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Novel

Freshly innovative or unusual
He wrote a novel that presented a unique perspective.
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New

Current or later, as opposed to former.
My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older.
We had been in our new house for five years by then.
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New

Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
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New

In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
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New

Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one.
I feel like a new person after a good night's sleep.
After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.
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New

Newborn.
My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
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New

Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
The idea was new to me.
I need to meet new people.
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New

Recently arrived or appeared.
Have you met the new guy in town?
He is the new kid at school.
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New

Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
Don't worry that you're new at this job; you'll get better with time.
I'm new at this business.
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New

(of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.
We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.
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New

Newly (especially in composition).
New-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown
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New

As new; from scratch.
They are scraping the site clean to build new.
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New

Things that are new.
Out with the old, in with the new.
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New

A typically light-coloured lager brewed by the bottom-fermentation method.
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New

A naval cadet who has just embarked on training.
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New

(programming) new up
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New

(obsolete) To make new; to recreate; to renew.
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New

Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; - opposed to old, as, a new coat; a new house; a new book; a new fashion.
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New

Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes.
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Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from what has been; as, a new year; a new course or direction.
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As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent; as, rest and travel made him a new man.
Steadfasty purposing to lead a new life.
Men after long emaciating diets, fat, and almost new.
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New

Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously known or famous.
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New

Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.
New to the plow, unpracticed in the trace.
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New

Fresh from anything; newly come.
New from her sickness to that northern air.
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New

Newly; recently.
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New

To make new; to renew.
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New

Not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered;
A new law
New cars
A new comet
A new friend
A new year
The New World
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New

Other than the former one(s); different;
They now have a new leaders
My new car is four years old but has only 15,000 miles on it
Ready to take a new direction
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New

Having no previous example or precedent or parallel;
A time of unexampled prosperity
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New

Of a kind not seen before;
The computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
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New

Lacking training or experience;
The new men were eager to fight
Raw recruits
He was still wet behind the ears when he shipped as a hand on a merchant vessel
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New

Of a new (often outrageous) kind or fashion
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New

(often followed by `to') unfamiliar;
New experiences
Experiences new to him
Errors of someone new to the job
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New

(of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity;
New potatoes
Young corn
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New

Unaffected by use or exposure;
It looks like new
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In use after Medieval times;
New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties
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Used of a living language; being the current stage in its development;
Modern English
New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew
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New

Very recently;
They are newly married
Newly raised objections
A newly arranged hairdo
Grass new washed by the rain
A freshly cleaned floor
We are fresh out of tomatoes
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New

Recently made or produced
She bought a new car.
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New

Unfamiliar or not previously known
He tried a new cuisine for the first time.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "novel" always about books?

No, "novel" describes anything original or inventive, not just literature.
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Can something be "new" but not "novel"?

Yes, something can be recently made or acquired without being original.
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Can a "novel" idea be based on existing concepts?

Yes, if it presents them in an original or inventive way.
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Can "new" mean innovative?

"New" can imply recent innovation, but not necessarily originality.
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Is a "new" product always the latest version?

Usually, it refers to the most recent model or release.
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Does "novel" imply a positive change?

Not necessarily, it indicates originality, which can be neutral or context-dependent.
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Can "novel" refer to rare or uncommon things?

Yes, if they are unique or original in some aspect.
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Does "new" imply better quality?

Not always; it indicates recency, not necessarily improvement.
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Are all "novel" things also "new"?

Generally, yes, as they introduce originality or uniqueness.
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Is "new" used more in technology?

Often, to describe the latest devices or updates.
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Can "new" refer to rediscovered things?

Yes, if they are newly brought to attention or use.
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Can a "new" perspective be "novel"?

If it introduces original or inventive ideas, yes.
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Can "new" refer to experiences?

Yes, for experiences that are recently encountered.
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Is "novel" a subjective term?

Somewhat, as it depends on perceived originality.
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Can "new" be used in a historical context?

Yes, to denote something recent in that context.
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Can "novel" be used for traditional concepts?

Only if they are presented in an original or inventive way.
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Can "new" imply untested or unproven?

In some contexts, especially with products or ideas.
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Does "novel" suggest creativity?

Yes, it often connotes inventiveness or creative thinking.
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Can "novel" describe a style or method?

Yes, if it's original or breaks away from the norm.
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Is "novel" a common descriptor in science?

Yes, for new, original research or findings.
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