novel

a.

  1. Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.
  2. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
  3. News; fresh tidings.
  4. A fictitious tale or narrative, professing to be conformed to real life; esp., one intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and particularly of love.
  5. A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.