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

  • Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television.
  • A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast.
  • New information of any kind: The requirement was news to him.
  • Newsworthy material: "a public figure on a scale unimaginable in America; whatever he did was news” ( James Atlas).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. New information of interest.
  • n. Reports of current events broadcast via media such as newspapers or television.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A report of recent occurrences; information of something that has lately taken place, or of something before unknown; fresh tidings; recent intelligence.
  • n. Something strange or newly happened.
  • n. A bearer of news; a courier; a newspaper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To report; rumor: as, it was newsed abroad that the bank had failed.
  • n. A new or uncommon and more or less surprising thing; a new or unexpected event or occurrence.
  • n. Recent, but not necessarily unexpected, intelligence of something that has lately taken place, or of something before unknown or imperfectly known; tidings.
  • n. A newspaper.
  • n. A messenger with news.
  • n. Synonyms News, Intelligence, Tidings, Advices. News is the most general word, applying to real information which is or is not important, interesting, or expected; news meets especially the desire to know. Intelligence is also a general word, applying to news or information of an interesting character, enabling one to understand better the situation of things in the place from which intelligence comes: as, intelligence from the Sandwich Islands to the 1st ult.; intelligence of a mutiny. Tidings are awaited with anxiety. Advices are items of information sent for the benefit or pleasure of those receiving them. Thus, Philip II. expected no intelligence from the Armada for some days after it sailed; soon rumor brought him false news of a glorious victory gained over the English: his first reliable news of the defeat of the Armada came through advices; he received from time to time tidings of uniform disaster.

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

  • n. information about recent and important events
  • n. a program devoted to current events, often using interviews and commentary
  • n. information reported in a newspaper or news magazine
  • n. informal information of any kind that is not previously known to someone
  • n. the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins


Middle English newes, new things, tidings, pl. of newe, new thing, new; see new.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English newes, newys ("new things"), equivalent to new (noun) +‎ -s. (Wiktionary)


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  • Then, I shall have news to tell, the _best of news_, I hope; and I won't need to keep anything back.

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  • Then, journals were created merely to meet the demand, and news was given as it actually occurred; whereas, now, the competition has produced a change that any one can appreciate, when it is remembered to what a _competition in news_ must infallibly lead.

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  • Email us with your suggestions at news@ whitehaven-news.

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  • So I changed it to define ( 'PRINT_TO_SCREEN', false); and then placed it before require ( "header. php"); but when I try use echo $news [ 'post_text']; and others like from the instrction in the news. php file there is notthing been outputed. yet if I use somthing like this echo $m [ 'username']; execpt for the $comment.

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  • In the world of journalism, the term "news release" is equivalent to "press release" -- the patent itself equates the two in the opening description.

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  • Re the etymology of 'news' one of my teachers said years ago it was formed from the initial letters of the 4 cardinal directions, North East West South, conveying the meaning 'information from all over'. Is there any support for this?

    June 17, 2015

  • One of my favorite subjects :)

    June 6, 2015

  • Hehe, alexz is doing it right of course, but “a taphocoenose of news” is great! (Or taphocoenosis?) That’s what my “escargatoire of news” turns into when I’m asleep and only get to write them up eight hours later—except that snails don’t really have bones, so it’s more of “a chalk of news.”

    “A business of news” is also very cute, especially since I work for a company called Ferret Go that does newsy things.

    December 15, 2013

  • Searching google for "* of news" gives
    world of news, today of news, headlines of news,
    business of news

    I think the 1920's radio revolution turned news from a physical thing to something which flows rapidly.

    I think the top 2 'of news' descriptors in the 20th century are 'flow of news' 'stream of news'

    So, before 1950, 'word' of news seems to be more common. (google ngram viewer) 

    December 14, 2013

  • an apocalypse of news
    a thundersnow of news
    an avalanche of news; news avalanche
    a flood (tsunami) (stormsurge) ( jökulhlaup) of news
    a landslide of news, news landslide
    a shattering of news
    a taphocoenose of news

    December 14, 2013

  • so, far, I've got
    flow of news
    trickle of news
    pile of news

    December 14, 2013

  • We’ve observed with some dismay that after periods of silence, news tends to come in… yeah, what exactly do we call these waves? Any suggestions for a collective noun for news?

    “An observance of news” sound pretty neat. Sometimes it feels more like “a bloat of news,” “a mess of news,” or “a ostentation of news.” When we’re late reporting on some news items, they become “an escargatoire of news,” but they must’ve been “an ambush of news” or they could not have caught us unprepared like that. Some might also split of as “a murmuration of news” when we can’t cite our sources. Any other suggestions?

    December 14, 2013

  • I love this part from the Century: "Thus, Philip II. expected no intelligence from the Armada for some days after it sailed; soon rumor brought him false news of a glorious victory gained over the English: his first reliable news of the defeat of the Armada came through advices; he received from time to time tidings of uniform disaster."

    April 18, 2012

  • CNN on the plasma screen for the lulling white noise of the news. I'm immune to news, the news, breaking news, rolling news, newsflashes. Live long enough and nothing is news. 'the News' is 'the new things'... Even The News knows there's no real news, and goes to ever greater lengths to impart urgent novelty to its content. Have your say, that's the latest inanity, newscasters reading out viewer emails. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 26, 2012

  • I like that, whichbe, but I think it's a backronym. Check the OED.

    May 7, 2008

  • This word did not come about because it was the plural of 'new.' It came from the first letters of the words North, East, West and South. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.

    May 7, 2008

  • Out with the olds! In with the new!

    June 7, 2007

  • And how do you feel about olds?

    June 7, 2007

  • No! I only want one new! You can take the rest and sit on them!

    June 7, 2007