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New Age

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adjective
  1. of or relating to a movement espousing a broad range of philosophies and practices traditionally viewed as occult, metaphysical, or paranormal.
  2. of or relating to an unintrusive style of music using both acoustic and electronic instruments and drawing on classical music, jazz, and rock.
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noun
  1. the New Age movement.
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Origin of New Age

First recorded in 1970–75
Related formsNew Ager, noun
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New Age

noun
    1. a philosophy, originating in the late 1980s, characterized by a belief in alternative medicine, astrology, spiritualism, etc
    2. (as modifier)New Age therapies
  1. short for New Age music
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Word Origin and History for new age

New Age

adj.

1971, in reference to a modern spiritual movement, from new + age. It had been used at various times since at least the 1840s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

new age in Culture

New Age

A general term covering a wide variety of alternative spiritual and philosophical movements and beliefs. Arising mainly during the 1980s, New Age teachings range from the efficacy of crystals, to a belief in reincarnation, to the advocacy of holistic and other approaches to personal health and global ecology.

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New Age music incorporates relaxing, dreamy melodic lines with a quietly harmonic background, primarily in order to promote meditation.
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