from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent.
  • adjective Still fresh.
  • adjective Never used or worn before now.
  • adjective Just found, discovered, or learned.
  • adjective Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar.
  • adjective Different from the former or the old.
  • adjective Recently obtained or acquired.
  • adjective Additional; further.
  • adjective Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship.
  • adjective Changed for the better; rejuvenated.
  • adjective Being the later or latest in a sequence.
  • adjective Currently fashionable.
  • adjective In the most recent form, period, or development.
  • adjective Inexperienced or unaccustomed.
  • adjective Of or relating to a new moon.
  • adverb Freshly; recently. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Newly; lately; recently.
  • Anew.
  • [New is much used adverbially in composition: as, in new- born, new -droppedj new -made, new -grown, new -formed, new -found.)]
  • To make new; renew.
  • To renew itself; become new.
  • Lately or freshly made, invented, produced, grown, or in any way or by any means come into being or use; novel; recent; having existed a short time only: opposed to old, and used of things: as, a new coat; a new book; a new fashion; a new idea; new wine; new cheese; new potatoes.
  • Lately introduced to knowledge; not before known; recently discovered: as, a new metal; a new species of animals or plants.
  • Appearing in a changed character or condition, or in a changed aspect of opinion, feeling, or health, resulting from the influence of a change in the dominant idea, principle, or habit; changed from the former state, physical, mental, moral, or spiritual, of the same person.
  • [In the following extract used substantively:
  • Not habituated; unfamiliar; unaccustomed: as, he is new to his surroundings; a statement new to me.
  • Other than the former or the old; different ; not the same as before: as, a new horse.
  • Freshly emerged from any condition or the effects of any event.
  • Not previously well known; not belonging to a well-known family, or not long known to history: as, new people.
  • Not used before, or recently brought into use; not second-hand: as, a new copy of a book; new furniture.
  • Recently begun; starting afresh: as, a new moon.
  • Retaining original freshness; unimpaired.
  • Not the old; distinguished from the old while named after it: used specifically in place-names: as, New York; New London; New Guinea.
  • Modern; in present use: as, New High German; New Latin; New Greek.
  • Synonyms New, Novel, Modern, Fresh, Recent, Late. In this connection new is opposed to old; novel to familiar; modern to ancient, medieval, antiquated, old-fashioned; fresh to stale; recent and late to early. New is the general word; that which is novel is unexpected, strange, striking, often in new form, but also pleasing: as, a novel combination of old ideas; that which is modern and fresh exists at the time referred tu; that which is recent or late is separated from the time of action by only a short interval: as, the late ministry, a recent arrival, recent times.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb obsolete To make new; to renew.
  • adverb Newly; recently.
  • adverb [Obs.] anew.
  • adjective Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; -- opposed to old
  • adjective Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered
  • adjective Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from what has been
  • adjective As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent.
  • adjective Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously known or famous.
  • adjective Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.
  • adjective Fresh from anything; newly come.
  • adjective See under Birth.
  • adjective the church holding the doctrines taught by Emanuel Swedenborg. See Swedenborgian.
  • adjective (Theol.) a heart or character changed by the power of God, so as to be governed by new and holy motives.


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

[Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe ("new"), from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz (“new, fresh”), from Proto-Indo-European *néwos (“new”).


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  • It was the _other_ new, too, the _new_ new -- the new people, including my uncle, who soon would see what Father and Mother and I had built.

    Asimov's Science Fiction 2004

  • (NOH-vuh) In astronomy, the appearance of a new star in the sky (nova is Latin for “new”).

    nova 2002

  • New floormats, new carpets, new  side carpets, new seat.

    TEDBUNDY Michaud, S G & Aynesworth H 1989

  • The extreme form of uncritical veneration of the past may be said to take the position that old things are good simply because they are _old_; new things are evil simply because they are _new_.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance Irwin Edman

  • The other extreme is represented by the position that old things are bad because they are _old_, and new things good because they are _new_.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance Irwin Edman

  • Marianne and I have counted six new hats apiece of those girls ', -- _new_, you know, just out of the milliner's shop; and last Sunday they came out in such lovely puffed tulle bonnets!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864 Various

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    Shenanigans at Sugar Creek Paul Hutchens

  • The entirely new dresses of a theatre are like the habiliments of the professional singer, i.e. neither one nor the other ever _were entirely new_, and never will be allowed to grow entirely old.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, July 17, 1841 Various


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