news

[ nooz, nyooz ]
/ nuz, nyuz /

noun (usually used with a singular verb)

a report of a recent event; intelligence; information: His family has had no news of his whereabouts for months.
the presentation of a report on recent or new events in a newspaper or other periodical or on radio or television.
such reports taken collectively; information reported: There's good news tonight.
a person, thing, or event considered as a choice subject for journalistic treatment; newsworthy material.Compare copy(def 5).

Origin of news

1425–75; late Middle English newis, plural of newe new thing, novelty (see new); on the model of Middle French noveles (plural of novele), or Medieval Latin nova (plural of novum); see novel2

Related forms

news·less, adjectivenews·less·ness, noun

Definition for news (2 of 2)

new

[ noo, nyoo ]
/ nu, nyu /

adjective, new·er, new·est.

adverb

recently or lately (usually used in combination): The valley was green with new-planted crops.
freshly; anew or afresh (often used in combination): roses new washed with dew; new-mown hay.

noun

something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.: Ring out the old, ring in the new.

Origin of new

before 900; Middle English newe (adj., adv., and noun), Old English nēowe, nīewe, nīwe (adj. and adv.); cognate with Dutch nieuw, German neu, Old Norse nȳr, Gothic niujis, Old Irish núe, Welsh newydd, Greek neîos; akin to Latin novus, OCS novŭ, Greek néos, Sanskrit navas

Related forms

Can be confused

gnu knew new

Synonym study

New, fresh, novel describe things that have not existed or have not been known or seen before. New refers to something recently made, grown, or built, or recently found, invented, or discovered: a new car; new techniques. Fresh refers to something that has retained its original properties, or has not been affected by use or the passage of time: fresh strawberries; fresh ideas. Novel refers to something new that has an unexpected, strange, or striking quality, generally pleasing: a novel experience.

Pronunciation note

Following the alveolar consonants [t] /t/, [d] /d/, and [n] /n/, two main types of pronunciation occur for the “long” vowel represented by the spellings u, ue, discontinuous u...e, and ew, as in student, due, nude, and new. In the North and North Midland U.S. [oo] /u/ immediately follows the alveolar consonant: [stood-nt] /ˈstud nt/, [doo] /du/, [nood] /nud/, and [noo] /nu/. In the South Midland and Southern U.S., pronunciations of the type [styood-nt] /ˈstyud nt/, [dyoo] /dyu/, [nyood] /nyud/, and [nyoo] /nyu/ predominate. Both these types are traceable to England, as well as some less common ones, for example, those in which the high front vowel [i] /ɪ/ substitutes for the [y] /y/. A belief that the [yoo] /yu/ pronunciations are more prestigious sometimes leads to hypercorrection, the insertion of the y sound where historically it does not belong, leading to such pronunciations as [nyoon] /nyun/ for noon. Currently in the United States, a [y] /y/ following [s] /s/, [z] /z/, [th] /θ/, and [l] /l/, as in sue [syoo] /syu/, resume [ri-zyoom] /rɪˈzyum/, enthusiasm [en-thyoo-see-az-uh m] /ɛnˈθyu siˌæz əm/, and illusion [ih-lyoo-zhuh n] /ɪˈlyu ʒən/, is used by some speakers, but is considered affected by others.
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British Dictionary definitions for news (1 of 2)

news

/ (njuːz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

current events; important or interesting recent happenings
information about such events, as in the mass media
  1. the news a presentation, such as a radio broadcast, of information of this typethe news is at six
  2. (in combination)a newscaster
interesting or important information not previously known or realizedit's news to me
a person, fashion, etc, widely reported in the mass mediashe is no longer news in the film world

Derived Forms

newsless, adjective

Word Origin for news

C15: from Middle English newes, plural of newe new (adj) on model of Old French noveles or Medieval Latin nova new things

British Dictionary definitions for news (2 of 2)

new

/ (njuː) /

adjective

adverb (usually in combination)

recently, freshlynew-laid eggs
anew; again
See also news

Related forms

Related prefix: neo-

Derived Forms

newness, noun

Word Origin for new

Old English nīowe; related to Gothic niujis, Old Norse naujas, Latin novus
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Idioms and Phrases with news (1 of 2)

news


see bad news; break the news; no news is good news.

Idioms and Phrases with news (2 of 2)

new


In addition to the idioms beginning with new

  • new ballgame
  • new blood
  • new broom sweeps clean, a
  • new leaf
  • new lease on life
  • new man
  • new one
  • new person
  • new woman
  • new wrinkle

also see:

  • break (new) ground
  • breathe new life into
  • feel like (new)
  • nothing new under the sun
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • turn over a new leaf
  • what's cooking (new)
  • whole new ballgame
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