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[noo-kuhm-er, nyoo-] /ˈnuˌkʌm ər, ˈnyu-/
a person or thing that has recently arrived; new arrival:
She is a newcomer to our city. The firm is a newcomer in the field of advertising.
Origin of newcomer
1585-95; new + comer
stranger, outsider, outlander. Unabridged
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  • The newcomer bore himself with a cold reserve of conscious superiority.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • To see at last that I was right, that the newcomer was Estabrook, was a relief.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • But even with their greetings came the explanation, to fill the newcomer with a horror too sudden for concealment.

    The Shadow of the Rope E. W. Hornung
  • Half of the assembled officers turned to look at the newcomer.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • She hands the newcomer a little glass in which air bubbles sparkle in the transparent liquid.

British Dictionary definitions for newcomer


a person who has recently arrived or started to participate in something
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Word Origin and History for newcomer

"recent arrival," mid-15c., with agent noun ending from new-come (past participle adjective), c.1200, from Old English niwe cumen. Old English also used niwcumen as a noun meaning "newcomer, neophyte."

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