I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nīwe; akin to Old High German niuwi new, Latin novus, Greek neos Date: before 12th century 1. having recently come into existence ; recent, modern 2. a. (1) having been seen, used, or known for a short time ; novel <
rice was a new crop for the area
(2) unfamiliar <
visit new places
b. being other than the former or old <
a steady flow of new money
3. having been in a relationship or condition but a short time <
new to the job
a new wife
4. a. beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing <
a new day
the new edition
b. made or become fresh <
awoke a new person
c. relating to or being a new moon 5. different from one of the same category that has existed previously <
new realism
6. of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality <
a new strain of hybrid corn
7. capitalized modern 3; especially having been in use after medieval times • newish adjectivenewness noun Synonyms: new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <
new brick
or has not been known before <
new designs
or not experienced before <
starts the new job
. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <
a novel approach to the problem
. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <
a man without one original idea
. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <
a fresh start
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century newly, recently — usually used in combination

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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