a movement, trend, or vogue, as in art, literature, or politics, that breaks with traditional concepts, values, techniques, or the like.
(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.
(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.
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Origin of new wave
First recorded in 1955–60
OTHER WORDS FROM new wavenew-wave, adjectivenewwaver, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for new wave
By contrast, new-wave preppy eaters are, as Birnbach puts it, “foodies-in-training.”
British Dictionary definitions for new wave (1 of 3)
a movement in art, film-making, politics, etc, that consciously breaks with traditional ideas
British Dictionary definitions for new wave (2 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for new wave (3 of 3)
rock music of the late 1970s, related to punk but more complex: sometimes used to include punk
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