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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Not long ago; recently: newly baked bread.
  • adv. Once more; anew: a newly painted room.
  • adv. In a new or different way; freshly: an old idea newly phrased.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a new manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Lately; recently.
  • adv. Anew; afresh; freshly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lately; recently; freshly; just: as, newly wedded; newly painted.
  • Anew; afresh; in a new and different manner or form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. very recently

Etymologies

From Middle English newly, newely, neweliche, from Old English nīwlīċe ("newly"), equivalent to new +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch nieuwelijks, German neulich, Danish nylig, Icelandic nýlega. More at new, -ly. (Wiktionary)

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