new wave

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  1. a movement, trend, or vogue, as in art, literature, or politics, that breaks with traditional concepts, values, techniques, or the like.
  2. (often initial capital letters) a group of leaders or representatives of such a movement, especially of French film directors of the late 1950s and early 1960s.Compare nouvelle vague.
  3. (often initial capital letters) a largely minimalist but emotionally intense style of rock music, being an outgrowth of punk rock in the late 1970s, typified by spare or repetitive arrangements, and emphasizing energetic, unpolished performance.

Origin of new wave

First recorded in 1955–60
Related formsnew-wave, adjectivenew·wav·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of new wave

  • By contrast, new-wave preppy eaters are, as Birnbach puts it, “foodies-in-training.”

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British Dictionary definitions for new wave

new wave

  1. a movement in art, film-making, politics, etc, that consciously breaks with traditional ideas

New Wave

  1. the New Wave a movement in the French cinema of the 1960s, led by such directors as Godard, Truffaut, and Resnais, characterized by a fluid use of the camera and an abandonment of traditional editing techniquesAlso known as: La Nouvelle Vague

New Wave

  1. rock music of the late 1970s, related to punk but more complex: sometimes used to include punk
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Word Origin and History for new wave

New Wave

1960, of cinema (from French Nouvelle Vague, late 1950s); 1976 as a name for the more restrained and melodic alternative to punk rock.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper