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[ noo, nyoo ]


, new·er, new·est.
  1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being:

    a new book.

  2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel:

    a new concept of the universe.

  3. having but lately or but now come into knowledge:

    a new chemical element.

  4. unfamiliar or strange (often followed by to ): to visit new lands.

    ideas new to us;

    to visit new lands.

  5. having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.:

    a reception for our new minister.

  6. unaccustomed (usually followed by to ):

    people new to such work.

  7. coming or occurring afresh; further; additional:

    new gains.

  8. fresh or unused:

    to start a new sheet of paper.

  9. (of physical or moral qualities) different and better:

    The vacation made a new man of him.

  10. other than the former or the old: in the New World.

    a new era;

    in the New World.

  11. being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind: a new edition of Shakespeare.

    the New Testament;

    a new edition of Shakespeare.

  12. (initial capital letter) (of a language) in its latest known period, especially as a living language at the present time:

    New High German.

  13. the new, designating the newly fashionable, trendy, or popular thing, replacing or equaling the success of a specified previous one: Knitting is the new rock-'n'-roll.

    While nothing will ever replace black as “the new black,” these new neutrals, especially beige, look like contenders.

    Knitting is the new rock-'n'-roll.

    Is kelp the new kale?


  1. recently or lately (usually used in combination):

    The valley was green with new-planted crops.

  2. freshly; anew or afresh (often used in combination): new-mown hay.

    roses new washed with dew;

    new-mown hay.


  1. something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.:

    Ring out the old, ring in the new.


/ njuː /


    1. recently made or brought into being

      our new baby

      a new dress

    2. ( as collective noun; preceded by the )

      the new

  1. of a kind never before existing; novel

    a new concept in marketing

  2. having existed before but only recently discovered

    a new comet

  3. markedly different from what was before

    the new liberalism

  4. fresh and unused; not second-hand

    a new car

  5. prenominal having just or recently become

    a new bride

  6. often foll byto or at recently introduced (to); inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to)

    new to this neighbourhood

  7. capital in names or titles more or most recent of two or more things with the same name

    the New Testament

  8. prenominal fresh; additional

    I'll send some new troops

  9. often foll by to unknown; novel

    this is new to me

  10. (of a cycle) beginning or occurring again

    a new year

  11. prenominal (of crops) harvested early

    new carrots

  12. changed, esp for the better

    she returned a new woman from her holiday

  13. up-to-date; fashionable
  14. capital when part of a name; prenominal being the most recent, usually living, form of a language

    New High German

  15. the new
    the new vogue

    comedy is the new rock'n'roll

  16. turn over a new leaf
    to reform; make a fresh start
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. recently, freshly

    new-laid eggs

  2. anew; again
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Pronunciation Note

Following the alveolar consonants [t], [d], and [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] immediately follows the alveolar consonant: [stood, -nt], [doo], [nood], and [noo]. In the South Midland and Southern U.S., pronunciations of the type [styood, -nt], [dyoo], [nyood], and [nyoo] 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] substitutes for the [y]. A belief that the [yoo] 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] for noon. Currently in the United States, a [y] following [s], [z], [th], and [l], as in sue [syoo], resume [ri-, zyoom], enthusiasm [en-, thyoo, -see-az-, uh, m], and illusion [ih-, lyoo, -zh, uh, n], is used by some speakers, but is considered an affectation by others.
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Derived Forms

  • ˈnewness, noun
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Other Words From

  • new·ness noun
  • qua·si-new adjective
  • qua·si-new·ly adverb
  • un·new adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of new1

First recorded before 900; Middle English newe (adjective, adverb, and noun), Old English nēowe, nīewe, nīwe (adjective and adverb); cognate with Dutch nieuw, German neu, Old Norse nȳr, Gothic niujis, Old Irish núe, Welsh newydd, Greek neîos; akin to Latin novus, Old Church Slavonic novŭ, Greek néos, Sanskrit navas
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Word History and Origins

Origin of new1

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

  • 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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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.
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Example Sentences

However, the Postal Service was just starting to adapt to DeJoy’s new transportation schedule, with on-time delivery rates rebounding, according to data submitted to lawmakers.

Last week, Senate Republicans tried to turn the tables and pass their own, much slimmer version of coronavirus aid, with $300 billion in new spending.

None of this is a new problem, but it’s exacerbated in a pandemic.

In June, Red Ventures announced a partnership with Time to launch a new version of NextAdvisor, a personal finance brand Red Ventures acquired when it purchased BankRate in 2017.

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In June, the publisher launched its new retail marketplace, the Pro Shop, as an extension of the affiliate business it created at the end of 2019.

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But the enemy of the new emirs is neither the Jew nor the Christian, it is the godless militant defending secularism.

The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.

Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.

Allegations of transphobia are not new in the world of gay online dating.

With all that said, representation of each of these respective communities has increased in the new Congress.

Descending the Alps to the east or south into Piedmont, a new world lies around and before you.

Here began indeed, in the drab surroundings of the workshop, in the silent mystery of the laboratory, the magic of the new age.

Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.

There seems something in that also which I could spare only very reluctantly from a new Bible in the world.

We should have to admit that the new law does little or nothing to relieve such a situation.


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More About New

What is a basic definition of new?

New describes something that only now exists or has been around for only a short time. New also describes something that has just appeared for the first time or that is unfamiliar. New has several other senses as an adjective, adverb, and a noun.

If something is new, it has only been around for a short time. This sense of new is the opposite of old.

Real-life examples: Most stores sell products that are brand-new—they have never been used or opened. The internet is a relatively new invention as it has only existed since the late 1960s. Other technologies are much newer.

Used in a sentence: The agent showed off the new houses that were built last week. 

New also describes something that just now exists for the first time. In this sense, something is new if it is a completely unique creation.

Real-life examples: Companies are always creating new products. Science and technology constantly lead to new ideas.

Used in a sentence: Fans are happy that the author is writing a new book. 

New can describe something that is unfamiliar or strange. This sense is often written in the form of “new to.”

Real-life examples: People often try things that are new to them, meaning they have never experienced them before, such as new foods, books, TV shows, or hobbies.

Used in a sentence: Golf was new to me when I joined the club, but I grew to enjoy the sport over the years.

Where does new come from?

The first records of the word new come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English nēowe and is related to the Gothic niujis, the Old Norse nȳr, and the Latin novus.

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What are some other forms related to new?

  • newness (noun)
  • newly (adverb)

What are some synonyms for new?

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How is new used in real life?

New is a very common word that is used to refer to things that haven’t been around for very long or that are original creations.



Try using new!

Is new used correctly in the following sentence?

The ice cream shop is always coming up with new flavors that no one has ever tasted before.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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