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Princeton's WordNet

  1. New Wave, Nouvelle Vaguenoun

    an art movement in French cinema in the 1960s

  2. avant-garde, vanguard, van, new wavenoun

    any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)


  1. New Wavenoun

    Any of several movements in music film which are or were considered cutting edge.

  2. new wavenoun

    A pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early to mid-1980s, incorporating punk beats and synthesized sounds.

  3. new waveadjective

    Representing the latest and most advanced style; trendy; faddish.

  4. Etymology: A calque of Nouvelle Vague.


  1. new wave

    New Wave is an artistic movement or genre, particularly associated with cinema, music, and fashion, that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was characterized by experimentation and a push against traditional conventions in these areas. In cinema, it referred to a movement of French filmmakers during the same period who diverged from classical narrative forms. In music, New Wave represented a subgenre of rock music known for its electronic influences, distinctive fashion trends, and unconventional lyrics. It grew out of punk rock but was less harsh and more pop-influenced.


  1. New Wave

    New wave music is an ambiguous category of pop or rock music from between the late 1970s to mid-1980s with ties to the original wave of punk rock. New wave music was first considered the same as punk rock before being identified as a genre in its own right, incorporating aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco and 1960s pop music. New wave differs from other movements with ties to first-wave punk as it displays characteristics common to pop music, rather than the more "arty" post-punk, though it incorporates much of the original punk rock sound and ethos while arguably exhibiting greater complexity in both music and lyrics. Common characteristics of new wave music, aside from its punk influences, include the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as a great amount of diversity. New wave is seen as one of the definitive genres of the 1980s; the genre became a fixture on MTV, and the popularity of several new wave artists has been partially attributed to the exposure that was given to them by the channel. In the mid-1980s, differences between new wave and other music genres began to blur. New wave has enjoyed resurgences since the 1990s, after a rising "nostalgia" for several new wave-influenced artists. The revivals in the 1990s and early 2000s were small, but became popular by 2004; subsequently, the genre has influenced a variety of other music genres.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of new wave in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of new wave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

  1. Alexander MacLaren:

    In heaven after ages of ages of growing glory, we shall have to say, as each new wave of the shoreless, sunlit sea bears us onward, It doth not yet appear what we shall be.

  2. Prince Mohammed:

    The new laws represent a new wave of reforms that will ... increase the reliability of procedures and oversight mechanisms as cornerstones in achieving the principles of justice, clarifying the lines of accountability.

  3. Pierfrancesco Vago:

    It's amazing how this 2012 has been forgotten. We've seen already the new wave season, 2013, that the first-comers are coming back again, 2013 is looking much better, stronger.

  4. Bart Van den Daele:

    (There's) a new wave of big deals which is still continuing and we see it going forward, now you see the first results with Lufthansa, ABN Amro and WPP and there will be others.

  5. Bart Van den Daele:

    (There's) a new wave of these deals which is still continuing and we see it going forward.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. extroversive
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