Meaning of NEW in English



Pronunciation: ' nü, chiefly Brit ' nyü, in place names usu ( ˌ )nu ̇ or n ə or ( ˌ )ni

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English n ī we; akin to Old High German niuwi new, Latin novus, Greek neos

Date: before 12th century

1 : having recently come into existence : RECENT , MODERN

2 a (1) : having been seen, used, or known for a short time : NOVEL <rice was a new crop for the area> (2) : UNFAMILIAR <visit new places> b : being other than the former or old <a steady flow of new money>

3 : having been in a relationship or condition but a short time < new to the job> <a new wife>

4 a : beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing <a new day> <the new edition> b : made or become fresh <awoke a new person> c : relating to or being a new moon

5 : different from one of the same category that has existed previously < new realism>

6 : of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality <a new strain of hybrid corn>

7 capitalized : MODERN 3 especially : having been in use after medieval times

– new · ish \ ' nü-ish, ' nyü- \ adjective

– new · ness noun

synonyms NEW , NOVEL , ORIGINAL , FRESH mean having recently come into existence or use. NEW may apply to what is freshly made and unused < new brick> or has not been known before < new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. NOVEL applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. ORIGINAL applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. FRESH applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.