Meaning of NEW in English


I. ˈnü, chiefly Brit ˈnyü, in place names usually (ˌ)nu̇ or nə or (ˌ)ni adjective

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

Date: before 12th century

1. : having recently come into existence : recent , modern



(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


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 ˈnü-ish, ˈnyü- adjective

• new·ness noun


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

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century

: newly , recently — usually used in combination

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.