new

[ noo, nyoo ]
/ nu, nyu /

adjective, new·er, new·est.

adverb

recently or lately (usually used in combination): The valley was green with new-planted crops.
freshly; anew or afresh (often used in combination): roses new washed with dew; new-mown hay.

noun

something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.: Ring out the old, ring in the new.

Nearby words

  1. nevus pigmentosus,
  2. nevus sebaceus,
  3. nevus spilus,
  4. nevus unius lateris,
  5. nevus vascularis,
  6. new age,
  7. new age music,
  8. new albany,
  9. new american bible,
  10. new amsterdam

Origin of new

before 900; Middle English newe (adj., adv., and noun), Old English nēowe, nīewe, nīwe (adj. and adv.); cognate with Dutch nieuw, German neu, Old Norse nȳr, Gothic niujis, Old Irish núe, Welsh newydd, Greek neîos; akin to Latin novus, OCS novŭ, Greek néos, Sanskrit navas

Related forms
Can be confusedgnu knew new

Synonym study

New, fresh, novel describe things that have not existed or have not been known or seen before. New refers to something recently made, grown, or built, or recently found, invented, or discovered: a new car; new techniques. Fresh refers to something that has retained its original properties, or has not been affected by use or the passage of time: fresh strawberries; fresh ideas. Novel refers to something new that has an unexpected, strange, or striking quality, generally pleasing: a novel experience.

Pronunciation note

Following the alveolar consonants [t] /t/, [d] /d/, and [n] /n/, two main types of pronunciation occur for the “long” vowel represented by the spellings u, ue, discontinuous u...e, and ew, as in student, due, nude, and new. In the North and North Midland U.S. [oo] /u/ immediately follows the alveolar consonant: [stood-nt] /ˈstud nt/, [doo] /du/, [nood] /nud/, and [noo] /nu/. In the South Midland and Southern U.S., pronunciations of the type [styood-nt] /ˈstyud nt/, [dyoo] /dyu/, [nyood] /nyud/, and [nyoo] /nyu/ predominate. Both these types are traceable to England, as well as some less common ones, for example, those in which the high front vowel [i] /ɪ/ substitutes for the [y] /y/. A belief that the [yoo] /yu/ pronunciations are more prestigious sometimes leads to hypercorrection, the insertion of the y sound where historically it does not belong, leading to such pronunciations as [nyoon] /nyun/ for noon. Currently in the United States, a [y] /y/ following [s] /s/, [z] /z/, [th] /θ/, and [l] /l/, as in sue [syoo] /syu/, resume [ri-zyoom] /rɪˈzyum/, enthusiasm [en-thyoo-see-az-uh m] /ɛnˈθyu siˌæz əm/, and illusion [ih-lyoo-zhuh n] /ɪˈlyu ʒən/, is used by some speakers, but is considered affected by others.

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British Dictionary definitions for new

new

/ (njuː) /

adjective

adverb (usually in combination)

recently, freshlynew-laid eggs
anew; again
See also news

Related formsRelated prefix: neo-

Derived Formsnewness, noun

Word Origin for new

Old English nīowe; related to Gothic niujis, Old Norse naujas, Latin novus

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Word Origin and History for new

new

adj.

Old English neowe, niowe, earlier niwe "new, fresh, recent, novel, unheard-of, different from the old; untried, inexperienced," from Proto-Germanic *newjaz (cf. Old Saxon niuwi, Old Frisian nie, Middle Dutch nieuwe, Dutch nieuw, Old High German niuwl, German neu, Danish and Swedish ny, Gothic niujis "new"), from PIE *newo- "new" (cf. Sanskrit navah, Persian nau, Hittite newash, Greek neos, Lithuanian naujas, Old Church Slavonic novu, Russian novyi, Latin novus, Old Irish nue, Welsh newydd "new").

The adverb is Old English niwe, from the adjective. New math in reference to a system of teaching mathematics based on investigation and discovery is from 1958. New World (adj.) to designate phenomena of the Western Hemisphere first attested 1823, in Lord Byron; the noun phrase is recorded from 1550s. New Deal in the FDR sense attested by 1932. New school in reference to the more advanced or liberal faction of something is from 1806. New Left (1960) was a coinage of U.S. political sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962). New light in reference to religions is from 1640s. New frontier, in U.S. politics, "reform and social betterment," is from 1934 but associated with John F. Kennedy's use of it in 1960.

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Idioms and Phrases with new

new

In addition to the idioms beginning with new

  • new ballgame
  • new blood
  • new broom sweeps clean, a
  • new leaf
  • new lease on life
  • new man
  • new one
  • new person
  • new woman
  • new wrinkle

also see:

  • break (new) ground
  • breathe new life into
  • feel like (new)
  • nothing new under the sun
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • turn over a new leaf
  • what's cooking (new)
  • whole new ballgame
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