adjective, new·er, new·est.

  1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being: a new book.
  2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel: a new concept of the universe.
  3. having but lately or but now come into knowledge: a new chemical element.
  4. unfamiliar or strange (often followed by to): ideas new to us; to visit new lands.
  5. having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.: a reception for our new minister.
  6. unaccustomed (usually followed by to): people new to such work.
  7. coming or occurring afresh; further; additional: new gains.
  8. fresh or unused: to start a new sheet of paper.
  9. (of physical or moral qualities) different and better: The vacation made a new man of him.
  10. other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
  11. being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind: the New Testament; a new edition of Shakespeare.
  12. (initial capital letter) (of a language) in its latest known period, especially as a living language at the present time: New High German.


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


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


    1. recently made or brought into beinga new dress; our new baby
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the new
  1. of a kind never before existing; novela new concept in marketing
  2. having existed before but only recently discovereda new comet
  3. markedly different from what was beforethe new liberalism
  4. fresh and unused; not second-handa new car
  5. (prenominal) having just or recently becomea new bride
  6. (often foll by to or at) recently introduced (to); inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to)new to this neighbourhood
  7. (capital in names or titles) more or most recent of two or more things with the same namethe New Testament
  8. (prenominal) fresh; additionalI’ll send some new troops
  9. (often foll by to) unknown; novelthis is new to me
  10. (of a cycle) beginning or occurring againa new year
  11. (prenominal) (of crops) harvested earlynew carrots
  12. changed, esp for the bettershe returned a new woman from her holiday
  13. up-to-date; fashionable
  14. (capital when part of a name; prenominal) being the most recent, usually living, form of a languageNew High German
  15. the new the new voguecomedy is the new rock’n’roll
  16. turn over a new leaf to reform; make a fresh start

adverb (usually in combination)

  1. recently, freshlynew-laid eggs
  2. anew; again

n.Old English neownysse; see new + -ness. adj.Old English neowe, niowe, earlier niwe “new, fresh, recent, novel, unheard-of, different from the old; untried, inexperienced,” from Proto-Germanic *newjaz (cf. Old Saxon niuwi, Old Frisian nie, Middle Dutch nieuwe, Dutch nieuw, Old High German niuwl, German neu, Danish and Swedish ny, Gothic niujis “new”), from PIE *newo- “new” (cf. Sanskrit navah, Persian nau, Hittite newash, Greek neos, Lithuanian naujas, Old Church Slavonic novu, Russian novyi, Latin novus, Old Irish nue, Welsh newydd “new”). The adverb is Old English niwe, from the adjective. New math in reference to a system of teaching mathematics based on investigation and discovery is from 1958. New World (adj.) to designate phenomena of the Western Hemisphere first attested 1823, in Lord Byron; the noun phrase is recorded from 1550s. New Deal in the FDR sense attested by 1932. New school in reference to the more advanced or liberal faction of something is from 1806. New Left (1960) was a coinage of U.S. political sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962). New light in reference to religions is from 1640s. New frontier, in U.S. politics, “reform and social betterment,” is from 1934 but associated with John F. Kennedy’s use of it in 1960. 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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