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This page has 26 definitions of new with English translations in 5 languages. New is a symbol, an adjective, an adverb, noun, verb and numeral. Examples of how to use new in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: New, new-, and ñew

Translingual new definition



  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-3 language code for Newar.

English new definition


From Middle English newe, from Old English nīewe, from Proto-Germanic *niwjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *néwyos (new), from *néwos.

Compare also Old English (now). More at now. Doublet of nuevo and novuss.



new (comparative newer, superlative newest)

  1. Recently made, or created.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
    This is a new scratch on my car!   The band just released a new album.
    1. Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
      I can't see you for a while; the pain is still too new.   Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?
  2. Additional; recently discovered.
    We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
  3. Current or later, as opposed to former.
    My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older.   We had been in our new house for five years by then.
  4. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
    New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
  5. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
    Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
  6. Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
    That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one.   I feel like a new person after a good night's sleep.   After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.
  7. Newborn.
    My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
  8. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    The idea was new to me.   I need to meet new people.
  9. Recently arrived or appeared.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    Have you met the new guy in town?   He is the new kid at school.
  10. Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
    Don't worry that you're new at this job; you'll get better with time.   I'm new at this business.
  11. (of a period of time) Next; about to begin or recently begun.
    We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.




Derived terms

in toponyms of Alberta
  • New Brigden
  • Newbrook
  • New Dayton
  • New Fish Creek
  • New Hill
  • New Kiew
  • New Lindsay
  • New Lunnon
  • New Norway
  • New Rockport
  • New Saratoga Beach
  • New Sarepta
in toponyms of New Brunswick
in toponyms of Nova Scotia
in toponyms of Ontario
  • Newbliss
  • Newburgh
  • New Canaan
  • New Carlow
  • New Credit
  • New Dublin
  • New Dundee
  • New Glasgow
  • New Hamburg
  • New Liskeard
  • New Lowell
  • Newmarket
  • New Prussia
  • New Sarum
  • New Scotland
  • New Tecumseth
  • New Wexford
in toponyms of Alabama
in toponyms of Florida
in toponyms of Illinois
in toponyms of Indiana
in toponyms of Iowa
in toponyms of Kansas
  • New Albany
  • New Cambria
  • New Gottland
  • New Lancaster
  • New Salem
  • New Strawn
in toponyms of Kentucky
in toponyms of Maine
in toponyms of Michigan
in toponyms of Minnesota
in toponyms of Mississippi
in toponyms of Missouri
in toponyms of New Hampshire
in toponyms of North Dakota
in toponyms of Ohio
in toponyms of Oklahoma
  • New Cordell
  • New Eucha
  • New Liberty
  • New Lima
  • New Mannford
  • New Oberlin
  • New Spring Place
  • New Tulsa
  • New Woodville
in toponyms of South Dakota
  • New Berlin
  • New Chicago
  • New Effington
  • New Underwood
  • New Witten
in toponyms of Tennessee
in toponyms of Texas
in toponyms of Virginia
in toponyms of West Virginia
in toponyms of Wisconsin



new (comparative more new, superlative most new)

  1. Newly (especially in composition).
    new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown
  2. As new; from scratch.
    They are scraping the site clean to build new.

Related terms


new (usually uncountable, plural news)

  1. Things that are new.
    Out with the old, in with the new.
  2. (Australia) A kind of light beer.
  3. (UK, naval slang) A naval cadet who has just embarked on training.
    • 1956, Naval Review (London) (volume 44, page 286)
      In the Britannia "news" were worms, to be trodden on []


new (third-person singular simple present news, present participle newing, simple past and past participle newed)

  1. (programming) Synonym of new up
  2. (obsolete) To make new; to recreate; to renew.

Derived terms



German new definition


new (strong nominative masculine singular newer, comparative newer, superlative am newesten or am newsten)

  1. Obsolete spelling of neu
    • 1552, Hans Gerle, Ein Newes sehr künstlichs Lautenbuch (printed in Nürnberg)
    • 1581, Ein new Kochbuch / Das ist Ein grundtliche beschreibung [] (printed in Frankfurt am Main)
    • 1629, Johann Deucer, Ein Newes, Schönes, sehr Nützliches Betbuch (printed in Leipzig)
    • 1653, Ein newes Lied: Welches bey der Römischen Königlichen Crönung Ferdinandi deß Vierten in Regenspürg den 18. Junij 1653 ist musiciert worden
    • 1706, Moritz Pfleyer, Gedeonische Wunder-Fakel auff ein newes entzündt in dem glorwürdigen heiligen Blut-Zeugen Christi Leontio


Japanese new definition


Borrowed from English new. Doublet of ニュー (nyū).



new(ニュー) (nyū

  1. new

See also

Malecite-Passamaquoddy new definition


From Proto-Algonquian *nye·wi (four).



  1. four

Middle English new definition

Etymology 1



  1. Alternative form of newe

Etymology 2



  1. Alternative form of noy

Zazaki new definition


From Proto-Iranian *Hnáwa, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Hnáwa. Related to Persian نه(noh).



  1. nine