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
(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 adjective • newness 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.