Definitions

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

  • adj. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: a new law.
  • adj. Still fresh: a new coat of paint.
  • adj. Never used or worn before now: a new car; a new hat.
  • adj. Just found, discovered, or learned: new information.
  • adj. Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar: ideas new to her.
  • adj. Different from the former or the old: the new morality.
  • adj. Recently obtained or acquired: new political power; new money.
  • adj. Additional; further: new sources of energy.
  • adj. Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship: new neighbors; a new president.
  • adj. Changed for the better; rejuvenated: The nap has made a new person of me.
  • adj. Being the later or latest in a sequence: a new edition.
  • adj. Currently fashionable: a new dance.
  • adj. In the most recent form, period, or development.
  • adj. Inexperienced or unaccustomed: new at the job; new to the trials of parenthood.
  • adv. Freshly; recently. Often used in combination: new-mown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Recently made, or created.
  • adj. Additional; recently discovered.
  • adj. Current or later, as opposed to former.
  • adj. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
  • adj. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
  • adj. Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
  • adj. Young.
  • adj. Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
  • adj. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
  • adj. Recently arrived or appeared.
  • adj. Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
  • adj. next; about to begin or recently begun
  • adv. Newly.
  • adv. As new; from scratch.
  • n. Things that are new.
  • n. A kind of light beer.
  • v. To make new; to renew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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
  • adj. Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered
  • adj. Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from what has been
  • adj. As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent.
  • adj. Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously known or famous.
  • adj. Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.
  • adj. Fresh from anything; newly come.
  • adv. Newly; recently.
  • v. To make new; to renew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • adj. used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
  • adj. (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
  • adj. unfamiliar
  • adj. unaffected by use or exposure
  • adj. lacking training or experience
  • adj. having no previous example or precedent or parallel
  • adv. very recently
  • adj. other than the former one(s); different
  • adj. not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
  • adj. in use after medieval times
  • adj. (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
  • adj. original and of a kind not seen before

Etymologies

Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe ("new"), from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz (“new, fresh”), from Proto-Indo-European *néwos (“new”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No. 844/General Motors/U.S./Consumer durables In June 2009 “old” GM filed for bankruptcy and sold “substantially” all of its assets to a new independent company (the ”new” GM), which currently doesn’t trade.

    Global 2000 Drop-Offs

  • Consumers Union, together with five other consumer and science groups, today expressed continued support for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and urged President Obama to appoint new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to help implement the new  law.

    Consumer advocates call for new leadership of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • 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

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

    nova

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

    TEDBUNDY

  • Poetry, who is the barrel-shaped member of our gang, had made up a poem about our new teacher, whom not a one of us liked very well, on account of not wanting a _new_ teacher when we'd liked our pretty lady other teacher so _extra_ well.

    Shenanigans at Sugar Creek

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • Everyone wants the 'new' thing. We may be bored with advertisements but if they promise us something 'new' that can get our interest.

    '15 words that will make you money'

    July 23, 2009

  • Notable for the original Indo-European word having been preserved (mutatis mutandis) in virtually every descendant; the only exception I can find is Albanian (m. ri, f. re).

    February 26, 2009