[noo-lee, nyoo-]


recently; lately: a newly married couple.
anew or afresh: a newly repeated slander.
in a new manner or form: a room newly decorated.

Origin of newly

before 900; Middle English; Old English nīwlice. See new, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of newly

  • The newly made knight fighting a clergyman under such very curious circumstances!

  • She fluttered off, doing the wounded-bird trick, leaving behind her an egg and a newly hatched chick.

  • He joined the ladies before noon, and his newly awakened feeling of joy beamed upon them scarcely less radiantly than yesterday.

  • It seemed a sweet little yard, smelling of newly cut grass and flowers.

    Across the Fruited Plain

    Florence Crannell Means

  • With newly awakened courage I now journeyed onward, and got over the rest of the road in the most cheerful disposition of mind.

British Dictionary definitions for newly



recently; lately or justa newly built shelf
again; afresh; anewnewly raised hopes
in a new manner; differentlya newly arranged room
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 newly

Old English niwlice "lately, recently;" see new + -ly (2). Cf. German neulich, Danish nylig, Swedish nyligen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper