What does new mean?

Definitions for new
nu, nyunew

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word new.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. newadjective

    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered

    "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World"

  2. fresh, new, noveladjective

    original and of a kind not seen before

    "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"

  3. raw, newadjective

    lacking training or experience

    "the new men were eager to fight"; "raw recruits"

  4. new, unexampledadjective

    having no previous example or precedent or parallel

    "a time of unexampled prosperity"

  5. new(a)adjective

    other than the former one(s); different

    "they now have a new leaders"; "my new car is four years old but has only 15,000 miles on it"; "ready to take a new direction"

  6. newadjective

    unaffected by use or exposure

    "it looks like new"

  7. newfangled, newadjective

    (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

    "newfangled ideas"; "she buys all these new-fangled machines and never uses them"

  8. Newadjective

    in use after medieval times

    "New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties"

  9. Modern, Newadjective

    used of a living language; being the current stage in its development

    "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

  10. new, youngadjective

    (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

    "new potatoes"; "young corn"

  11. newadverb


    "new experiences"; "experiences new to him"; "errors of someone new to the job"

  12. newly, freshly, fresh, newadverb

    very recently

    "they are newly married"; "newly raised objections"; "a newly arranged hairdo"; "grass new washed by the rain"; "a freshly cleaned floor"; "we are fresh out of tomatoes"


  1. newnoun

    Things that are new.

    Out with the old, in with the new.

  2. newnoun

    A kind of light beer.

  3. newverb

    To make new; to renew.

  4. newadverb


  5. newadverb

    As new; from scratch.

    They are scraping the site clean to build new.

  6. newadjective

    Recently made, or created.

  7. newadjective

    Additional; recently discovered.

    We turned up some new evidence from the old files.

  8. newadjective

    Current or later, as opposed to former.

  9. newadjective

    Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.

    New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.

  10. newadjective

    In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.

    Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?

  11. newadjective

    Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.

  12. newadjective


    My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.

  13. newadjective

    Of recent origin; having taken place recently.

  14. newadjective

    Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.

  15. newadjective

    Recently arrived or appeared.

  16. newadjective

    Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.

  17. newadjective

    next; about to begin or recently begun

    We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.

  18. Newadjective

    In place names, a prefix added to the name of a newly established place, intended to convey that the newly established place will share some characteristic of an older place for which the new place is named.

  19. Etymology: From newe, from niwe, neowe, from niwjaz, from néwos. Cognate with new, nij, nieuw, neu,, and ny, nýr, novus,, newydd,, նոր,. Compare also nu. More at now.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NEWadjective

    Etymology: newyd, Welsh; neow , Saxon; neuf, Fr.

    What’s the newest grief? ————
    —— That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker;
    Each minute teems a new one. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Do not all men complain how little we know, and how much is still unknown? And can we ever know more, unless something new be discovered? Burnet.

    Whoever converses much among old books, will be something hard to please among new. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    There names inscrib’d unnumber’d ages past,
    From time’s first birth, with time itself shall last;
    These ever new, nor subject to decays,
    Spread and grow brighter with the length of days. Alexander Pope.

    Such assemblies, though had for religion’s sake, may serve the turn of heretics, and such as privily will instil their poison into new minds. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Seiz’d with wonder and delight,
    Gaz’d all around me, new to the transporting sight. Dryd.

    Twelve mules, a strong laborious race,
    New to the plough, unpractis’d in the trace. Alexander Pope.

    Men after long emaciating diets, wax plump, fat, and almost new. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Nor dare we trust so soft a messenger,
    New from her sickness to that northern air. Dryden.

    A superior capacity for business, and a more extensive knowledge, are steps by which a new man often mounts to favour, and outshines the rest of his contemporaries. Addis.

  2. Newadverb

    This is, I think, only used in composition for newly, which the following examples may explain.

    As soon as she had written them, a new swarm of thoughts stinging her mind, she was ready with her foot to give the new-born letters both to death and burial. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    God hath not then left this to chuse that, neither would reject that to chuse this, were it not for some new-grown occasion, making that which hath been better worse. Richard Hooker.

    So dreadfully he towards him did pass,
    Forelifting up aloft his speckled breast,
    And often bounding on the bruised grass,
    As for great joyance of his new-come guest. Fairy Q.

    Who are the violets now
    That strow the green lap of the new-come spring. William Shakespeare.

    Your master’s lines
    Are full of new-found oaths; which he will break
    As easily as I do tear this paper. William Shakespeare.

    Will you with those infirmities she owes,
    Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,
    Dower’d with our curse, and stranger’d with our oath,
    Take her or leave her? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Lest by a multitude
    The new-heal’d wound of malice should break out. William Shakespeare.

    Bow, stubborn knees; and heart with strings of steel
    Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe. William Shakespeare, Ham.

    Now hath my soul brought forth her prodigy,
    And I a gasping, new-deliver’d mother,
    Have woe to woe, sorrow to sorrow join’d. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    I am in parliament pledge for his truth,
    And lasting fealty to the new-made king. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    He saw heav’n blossom with a new born light,
    On which, as on a glorious stranger gaz’d
    The golden eyes of night; whose beams made bright
    The way to Beth’lem, and as boldly blaz’d;
    Nor ask’d leave of the sun, by day as night. Richard Crashaw.

    I’ve seen the morning’s lovely ray
    Hover o’er the new-born day;
    With rosy wings so richly bright,
    As if he scorn’d to think of night,
    When a ruddy storm, whose scoul
    Made heaven’s radiant face look foul,
    Call’d for an untimely night
    To blot the newly blossom’d light. Richard Crashaw.

    Some tree, whose broad smooth leaves together sow’d,
    And girded on our loins, may cover round
    Those middle parts; that this new-comer shame,
    There sit not, and reproach us as unclean. John Milton, P. Lost.

    Their father’s state,
    And new-entrusted sceptre. John Milton, Poems.

    The new-created world, which fame in heav’n
    Long had foretold. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    His evil
    Thou usest, and from thence createst more good,
    Witness this new-made world, another heav’n. John Milton.

    All clad in liveliest colours, fresh and fair
    As the bright flowers that crown’d their brighter hair;
    All in that new-blown age which does inspire
    Warmth in themselves, in their beholders fire. Abraham Cowley.

    While from above adorn’d with radiant light,
    A new-born sun surpris’d the dazzled sight. Wentworth Dillon.

    If it could, yet that it should always run them into such a machine as is already extant, and not often into some new-fashioned one, such as was never seen before, no reason can be assigned or imagined. John Ray, on the Creation.

    This English edition is not so properly a translation, as a new composition, there being several additional chapters in it, and several new-moulded. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    New-found lands accrue to the prince whose subject makes the first discovery. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Let this be nature’s frailty, or her fate,
    Or Isgrim’s counsel, her new-chosen mate. Dryden.

    When the flood in its own depths was drown’d,
    It left behind it false and slipp’ry ground;
    And the more solemn pomp was still deferr’d,
    ’Till new-born nature in fresh looks appear’d. Dryden.

    Shewn all at once you dazzled so our eyes,
    As new-born Pallas did the Gods surprise;
    When springing forth from Jove’s new-closing wound,
    She struck the warlike spear into the ground. Dryden.

    A bird new-made, about the banks she plies,
    Not far from shore, and short excursions tries. Dryden.

    Our house has sent to-day
    T’ insure our new-built vessel, call’d a play. Dryden.

    ’Twas easy now to guess from whence arose,
    Her new-made union with her ancient foes. Dryden.

    Then curds and cream,
    And new-laid eggs, which Baucis’ busy care
    Turn’d by a gentle fire, and roasted rare. John Dryden, Boccace.

    When pleading Matho, born abroad for air,
    With his fat paunch fills his new-fashioned chair. Dryd.

    A new-form’d faction does your power oppose,
    The fight’s confus’d, and all who met were foes. Dryden.

    If thou ken’st from far
    Among the Pleiads a new-kindled star;
    If any sparkles than the rest more bright,
    ’Tis she that shines in that propitious light. Dryden.

    If we consider new-born children, we shall have little reason to think that they bring many ideas into the world with them. John Locke.

    Drummers with vellom-thunder shake the pile,
    To greet the new-made bride. John Gay, Trivia.

    Ah Blouzelind! I love thee more by half,
    Than does their fawns, or cows the new-fall’n calf. John Gay, Pastorals.

    The proctor exhibits his proxy from the dean and chapter, and presents the new-elected bishop to the vicar-general. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    The new-fallen young here bleating for their dams,
    The larger here, and there the lesser lambs. Alexander Pope.

    A new-married man and an ass, are bride-led; an old-married man and a pack-horse, sadd-led. Scriblerus Club .

    Learn all the new-fashion words and oaths. Jonathan Swift.


  1. New

    New is a song by American singer Daya. The song was released on October 11, 2017. It was written by Daya with Brett "Leland" McLaughlin, James Newman and the producers Sir Nolan and StarGate. The song is the first song to be released under Interscope Records after Daya’s split from her independent label Artbeatz.


  1. new

    New generally refers to something that was not present or known before, or something that has recently come into existence or been introduced. It is often used to describe something that is freshly created, discovered, developed, or experienced.

Webster Dictionary

  1. New

    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, as, a new coat; a new house; a new book; a new fashion

  2. New

    not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes

  3. New

    newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from has been; as, a new year; a new course or direction

  4. New

    as if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent; as, rest and travel made him a new man

  5. New

    not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously kniwn or famous

  6. New

    not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed

  7. New

    fresh from anything; newly come

  8. Newadverb

    newly; recently

  9. New

    to make new; to renew


  1. New

    "New" is a song by the rock band No Doubt, written by Tom Dumont and Gwen Stefani for the Go soundtrack. It was later included on No Doubt's fourth studio album Return of Saturn. It's the first single as a quartet, after the departures of original keyboardist Eric Stefani and the band's horn section in 1994. The song is available as a downloadable track for the music video game series Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. New

    nū, adj. lately made: having happened lately: recent, modern: not before seen or known: strange, different: recently commenced: changed for the better: not of an ancient family: as at first: unaccustomed: fresh from anything: uncultivated or only recently cultivated.—adjs. New′born (Shak.), recently born; New′come, recently arrived.—n. New′-com′er, one who has lately come.—v.t. New′-create′ (Shak.), to create for the first time.—adjs. New′-fash′ioned, made in a new way or fashion: lately come into fashion; New′-fledged, having just got feathers; New′ish, somewhat new: nearly new.—adv. New′ly.—adj. New′-made (Shak.), recently made.—v.t. New′-mod′el, to model or form anew.—n. the Parliamentary army as remodelled by Cromwell after the second battle of Newbury, which gained a conclusive victory at Naseby (1645).—n. New′ness.—adj. New′-sad (Shak.), recently made sad.—New birth (see Regeneration); New chum, a new arrival from the old country in Australia; New Church, New Jerusalem Church, the Swedenborgian Church; New Covenant (see Covenant); New departure (see Departure); New Englander, a native or resident in any of the New England states; New Jerusalem, the heavenly city; New Learning (see Renaissance); New Light, a member of a relatively more advanced religious school—applied esp. to the party within the 18th-century Scottish Secession Church which adopted Voluntary views of the relations of Church and State, also sometimes to the Socinianising party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, &c.; New Red Sandstone (geol.), the name formerly given to the great series of red sandstones which occur between the Carboniferous and Jurassic systems; New style (see Style); New woman, a name humorously applied to such modern women as rebel against the conventional restrictions of their sex, and ape men in their freedom, education, pursuits, amusements, clothing, manners, and sometimes morals; New World, North and South America; New-year's Day, the first day of the new year. [A.S. níwe, neówe; Ger. neu, Ir. nuadh, L. novus, Gr. neos.]

Editors Contribution

  1. new

    To create in an innovative way.

    They made something new.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NEW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New is ranked #3011 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The New surname appeared 11,903 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname New.

    88.6% or 10,548 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 523 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 336 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 217 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 177 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 102 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'new' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #84

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'new' in Written Corpus Frequency: #194

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'new' in Adjectives Frequency: #3

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of new in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of new in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of new in a Sentence

  1. Chester Wisniewski:

    New research from Sophos Home shows that 35% of consumers never update/patch their OS and apps, or only do so when prompted. This lack of consumer awareness around best practices for protecting personal devices means that if users aren’t paying attention, a large group could fall victim to this latest malware and future attacks.

  2. Jeff Abramson:

    While the world has made great progress, the past year has seen disturbing steps backward in terms of new use of and casualties from landmines.

  3. Frank Guinta:

    Unfortunately for New Hampshire, the USDA is providing a great example for the rest of the country of what's wrong in Washington, federal bureaucrats write rules that don't work and punish us when we produce alternatives. In this case, it's clear they care less about nutrition than they do about control.

  4. Michael Waldman:

    New York City in 1791, when the Second Amendment was ratified, had 33,000 people in it. New York City now has eight million residents and more on a work day, new York City is crowded, New York City is dangerous. And the notion that we'll all feel better if we just think the person who's walking towards us on the street might be carrying a weapon, that that will all make us feel more secure unless we are packing ourselves -- I don't think that rings very true to most New York City residents, irrespective of their political views.

  5. Detectives James Essig:

    There's just one common theme, I want to get out there, that's a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city, that's gang members; that's guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks; and lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop.

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