[ noo-lee-wed, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu liˌwɛd, ˈnyu- /


a person who has recently married.

Origin of newlywed

First recorded in 1915–20; newly + wed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for newlywed


/ (ˈnjuːlɪˌwɛd) /


(often plural) a recently married person
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Word Origin and History for newlywed



also newly-wed, 1907, from newly + wed. Probably owes its origin to a then-popular newspaper comic strip, "The Newlyweds and Their Baby," about Mr. and Mrs. Newlywed, by George McManus in the New York "World." As an adjective, newly-wed is attested from 1833. An earlier adjective was new-married (1530s). Ancient Greek had neo-zygos "newly married," literally "newly yoked."

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