[noo-kuhm-er, nyoo-]


a person or thing that has recently arrived; new arrival: She is a newcomer to our city. The firm is a newcomer in the field of advertising.

Origin of newcomer

First recorded in 1585–95; new + comer

Synonyms for newcomer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of newcomer

  • The newcomer went quickly, with catlike tread, toward the girl.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The bartender winked at Yates as he shoved the decanter over to the newcomer.

  • The clerk was a newcomer from another State, and was not liked by the mill-workers.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards

  • The newcomer had been out into the world, and was dressed accordingly.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • And the look in his eyes augured ill for the welcome of the newcomer.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for newcomer



a person who has recently arrived or started to participate in something
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

Word Origin and History for newcomer

"recent arrival," mid-15c., with agent noun ending from new-come (past participle adjective), c.1200, from Old English niwe cumen. Old English also used niwcumen as a noun meaning "newcomer, neophyte."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper