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 (no͞o, nyo͞o)
adj. new·er, new·est
1. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: a new law.
a. Still fresh: a new coat of paint.
b. Never used or worn before now: a new car; a new hat.
3. Just found, discovered, or learned: new information.
4. Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar: ideas new to her.
5. Different from the former or the old: the new morality.
6. Recently obtained or acquired: new political power; new money.
7. Additional; further: new sources of energy.
8. Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship: new neighbors; a new president.
9. Changed for the better; rejuvenated: The nap has made a new person of me.
10. Being the later or latest in a sequence: a new edition.
11. Currently fashionable: a new dance.
12. New In the most recent form, period, or development.
13. Inexperienced or unaccustomed: new at the job; new to the trials of parenthood.
14. Of or relating to a new moon.
Freshly; recently. Often used in combination: new-mown.

[Middle English newe, from Old English nīwe, nēowe; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]

new′ness n.
Synonyms: new, fresh, novel2, original
These adjectives describe what has existed for only a short time, has only lately come into use, or has only recently arrived at a state or position, as of prominence. New is the most general: a new movie; a new friend; a new opportunity.
Something fresh has qualities of newness such as briskness, brightness, or purity: fresh footprints in the snow; fresh hope of discovering a vaccine.
Novel applies to the new and strikingly unusual: "His sermons were considered bold in thought and novel in language" (Edith Wharton).
Something that is original is novel and the first of its kind: "The science of pure mathematics, in its modern development, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit" (Alfred North Whitehead).


1. 'new'

You use new to describe things which were created, made, built, or begun a short time ago.

I recently bought a copy of the new book by Simon Singh. methods of medical care. new houses.

You also use new to describe something which has replaced something else.

They would have to decorate and get new furniture.
He loved his new job.

There are several other words which have a similar meaning to new:

2. 'recent'

Recent is used to describe events and periods of time that occurred a short time ago.

...the recent kidnapping of a British judge.
The energy conservation budget has been substantially reduced in recent years.

You do not usually use recent to describe objects, but you can use it to describe things such as newspaper articles and photographs.

...a recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization.
You will need to take with you your passport and two recent black and white photographs.

You can also use recent to describe governments and people with particular jobs. of the most poorly drafted pieces of legislation produced by any recent government.
Many recent composers have been less imaginative.
3. 'modern' and 'present-day'

You use modern or present-day to describe things that exist now, when you want to emphasize that they are different from earlier things of the same kind.

...modern power stations.
...the stresses of modern life.
By present-day standards, its technology was, of course, cumbersome and limited.
4. 'contemporary'

Contemporary has the same meaning as modern and present-day, but it is usually used only to describe abstract things or things relating to the arts.

What is women's situation in contemporary society?
Contemporary music is played there now.

You also use contemporary to indicate that something existed in the past at the same time as something else that you have been talking about.

Contemporary records of the case do not, however, mention these two items.
5. 'current'

Current is used to describe things that exist now, but that might end or change soon.

...the root causes of our current crisis.
...Kitty King, Boyd Stuart's current girlfriend.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.newness - the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
age - how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"
brand-newness - the property of being very new
freshness - the property of being pure and fresh (as if newly made); not stale or deteriorated; "she loved the freshness of newly baked bread"; "the freshness of the air revived him"
recency, recentness - the property of having happened or appeared not long ago
oldness - the quality of being old; the opposite of newness


noun novelty, innovation, originality, freshness, strangeness, unfamiliarity We all need newness in our lives to stop us from stagnating.
Related words
combining form neo-
fear neophobia




[ˈnjuːnɪs] N
1. [of car, clothes, etc] → lo nuevo
2. [of idea, fashion] → novedad f
3. [of bread] → lo fresco; [of wine] → lo joven


[ˈnjuːnɪs] n
(= novelty) [position, approach, situation] → nouveauté f
[fabric, clothes] → état m neufNew Orleans [ˌnjuːɔːrˈliːnz ˌnjuːˈɔːrlənz] nLa Nouvelle-Orléans fnew potato npomme f de terre nouvelle


nNeuheit f; (of bread, cheese etc)Frische f; his newness to this job/the trade/this towndie Tatsache, dass er neu in dieser Arbeit ist/dass er Neuling ist/dass er erst seit Kurzem in dieser Stadt ist


[ˈnjuːnɪs] nnovità
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Everything from the table napkins to the silver, china, and glass bore that imprint of newness found in the households of the newly married.
Roberts," Saxon replied, thrilling to the newness of the designation on her tongue.
And as for the uniforms of the soldiers, they were newness and brightness carried to perfection.
and this prepared a future mine of raillery against the devoted Elinor, which nothing but the newness of their acquaintance with Edward could have prevented from being immediately sprung.
It was made, however, at last: a silver knife was bought for Betsey, and accepted with great delight, its newness giving it every advantage over the other that could be desired; Susan was established in the full possession of her own, Betsey handsomely declaring that now she had got one so much prettier herself, she should never want that again; and no reproach seemed conveyed to the equally satisfied mother, which Fanny had almost feared to be impossible.
The insight afforded into Clare's character suggested to her that it was largely owing to her supposed untraditional newness that she had won interest in his eyes.
There was newness of life in my dream, Janet, and the sweetness of forgotten words."
"Hist, hist!" said she, while her ill-omened physiognomy seemed to cast a shadow over the cheerful newness of the house.
It gave one a feeling of newness that was almost embarrassing, although it didn't seem to embarrass our appetites.
There was the usual aspect of newness on every object, of course.
Like certain chintzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely in their first newness, but cannot stand the sun and rain, and assume a very sober aspect after washing-day.
Our room in the hotel faced the main public square, and the sights there--the people coming in from the country with all kinds of beautiful flowers to sell, the women coming in with their dogs drawing large, brightly polished cans filled with milk, the people streaming into the cathedral--filled me with a sense of newness that I had never before experienced.