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news

[nooz, nyooz] /nuz, nyuz/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
1.
a report of a recent event; intelligence; information:
His family has had no news of his whereabouts for months.
2.
the presentation of a report on recent or new events in a newspaper or other periodical or on radio or television.
3.
such reports taken collectively; information reported:
There's good news tonight.
4.
a person, thing, or event considered as a choice subject for journalistic treatment; newsworthy material.
Compare copy (def 5).
5.
6.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English newis, plural of newe new thing, novelty (see new); on the model of Middle French noveles (plural of novele), or Medieval Latin nova (plural of novum); see novel2
Related forms
newsless, adjective
newslessness, noun

new

[noo, nyoo] /nu, nyu/
adjective, newer, newest.
1.
of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being:
a new book.
2.
of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel:
a new concept of the universe.
3.
having but lately or but now come into knowledge:
a new chemical element.
4.
unfamiliar or strange (often followed by to):
ideas new to us; to visit new lands.
5.
having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.:
a reception for our new minister.
6.
unaccustomed (usually followed by to):
people new to such work.
7.
coming or occurring afresh; further; additional:
new gains.
8.
fresh or unused:
to start a new sheet of paper.
9.
(of physical or moral qualities) different and better:
The vacation made a new man of him.
10.
other than the former or the old:
a new era; in the New World.
11.
being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind:
the New Testament; a new edition of Shakespeare.
12.
(initial capital letter) (of a language) in its latest known period, especially as a living language at the present time:
New High German.
adverb
13.
recently or lately (usually used in combination):
The valley was green with new-planted crops.
14.
freshly; anew or afresh (often used in combination):
roses new washed with dew; new-mown hay.
noun
15.
something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.:
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Origin
before 900; Middle English newe (adj., adv., and noun), Old English nēowe, nīewe, nīwe (adj. and adv.); cognate with Dutch nieuw, German neu, Old Norse nȳr, Gothic niujis, Old Irish núe, Welsh newydd, Greek neîos; akin to Latin novus, OCS novŭ, Greek néos, Sanskrit navas
Related forms
newness, noun
quasi-new, adjective
quasi-newly, adverb
unnew, adjective
unnewness, noun
Can be confused
gnu, knew, new.
Synonym Study
New, fresh, novel describe things that have not existed or have not been known or seen before. New refers to something recently made, grown, or built, or recently found, invented, or discovered: a new car; new techniques. Fresh refers to something that has retained its original properties, or has not been affected by use or the passage of time: fresh strawberries; fresh ideas. Novel refers to something new that has an unexpected, strange, or striking quality, generally pleasing: a novel experience.
Pronunciation note
Following the alveolar consonants [t] /t/ (Show IPA) [d] /d/ and [n] /n/ two main types of pronunciation occur for the “long” vowel represented by the spellings u, ue, discontinuous u...e, and ew, as in student, due, nude, and new. In the North and North Midland U.S. [oo] /u/ immediately follows the alveolar consonant: [stood-nt] /ˈstud nt/ [doo] /du/ [nood] /nud/ and [noo] /nu/ . In the South Midland and Southern U.S., pronunciations of the type [styood-nt] /ˈstyud nt/ [dyoo] /dyu/ [nyood] /nyud/ and [nyoo] /nyu/ predominate. Both these types are traceable to England, as well as some less common ones, for example, those in which the high front vowel [i] /ɪ/ substitutes for the [y] /y/ . A belief that the [yoo] /yu/ pronunciations are more prestigious sometimes leads to hypercorrection, the insertion of the y sound where historically it does not belong, leading to such pronunciations as [nyoon] /nyun/ for noon. Currently in the United States, a [y] /y/ following [s] /s/ [z] /z/ [th] /θ/ and [l] /l/ as in sue [syoo] /syu/ resume [ri-zyoom] /rɪˈzyum/ enthusiasm [en-thyoo-see-az-uh m] /ɛnˈθyu siˌæz əm/ and illusion [ih-lyoo-zhuh n] /ɪˈlyu ʒən/ is used by some speakers, but is considered affected by others.
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Examples from the web for news
  • Up-to-the-minute horse racing news and tournament information.
  • news counts the scores of only new first-year students, not transfers.
  • Get our news delivered directly to your desktop-free.
  • The good news is that eliminating the ick is as easy as switching to greener products.
  • The good news is that there are a lot of news sources from which to choose.
  • The good news is that the fish, a northern snakehead that has been targeted by biologists for the last several weeks, was caught.
  • Several major film preservation projects have been in the news recently.
  • Good news for patio and balcony gardeners and homeowners with tiny gardens.
  • Sometimes there's some good news mixed in with the bad.
  • We are here to share the happy news that great barbecue can be cooked at home.
British Dictionary definitions for news

news

/njuːz/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
current events; important or interesting recent happenings
2.
information about such events, as in the mass media
3.
  1. the news, a presentation, such as a radio broadcast, of information of this type: the news is at six
  2. (in combination): a newscaster
4.
interesting or important information not previously known or realized: it's news to me
5.
a person, fashion, etc, widely reported in the mass media: she is no longer news in the film world
Derived Forms
newsless, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle English newes, plural of newe new (adj) on model of Old French noveles or Medieval Latin nova new things

new

/njuː/
adjective
1.
  1. recently made or brought into being: a new dress, our new baby
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the new
2.
of a kind never before existing; novel: a new concept in marketing
3.
having existed before but only recently discovered: a new comet
4.
markedly different from what was before: the new liberalism
5.
fresh and unused; not second-hand: a new car
6.
(prenominal) having just or recently become: a new bride
7.
often foll by to or at. recently introduced (to); inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to): new to this neighbourhood
8.
(capital in names or titles) more or most recent of two or more things with the same name: the New Testament
9.
(prenominal) fresh; additional: I'll send some new troops
10.
(often foll by to) unknown; novel: this is new to me
11.
(of a cycle) beginning or occurring again: a new year
12.
(prenominal) (of crops) harvested early: new carrots
13.
changed, esp for the better: she returned a new woman from her holiday
14.
up-to-date; fashionable
15.
(capital when part of a name; prenominal) being the most recent, usually living, form of a language: New High German
16.
the new, the new vogue: comedy is the new rock'n'roll
17.
turn over a new leaf, to reform; make a fresh start
adverb (usually in combination)
18.
recently, freshly: new-laid eggs
19.
anew; again
See also news
related
prefix neo-
Derived Forms
newness, noun
Word Origin
Old English nīowe; related to Gothic niujis, Old Norse naujas, Latin novus
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Word Origin and History for news
n.

late 14c., "new things," plural of new (n.) "new thing," from new (adj.); after French nouvelles, used in Bible translations to render Medieval Latin nova (neuter plural) "news," literally "new things." Sometimes still regarded as plural, 17c.-19c. Meaning "tidings" is early 15c. Meaning "radio or television program presenting current events" is from 1923. Bad news "unpleasant person or situation" is from 1926. Expression no news, good news can be traced to 1640s. Expression news to me is from 1889.

The News in the Virginia city Newport News is said to derive from the name of one of its founders, William Newce.

v.

"to tell as news," 1640s, from news (n.). Related: Newsed; newsing.

new

adj.

Old English neowe, niowe, earlier niwe "new, fresh, recent, novel, unheard-of, different from the old; untried, inexperienced," from Proto-Germanic *newjaz (cf. Old Saxon niuwi, Old Frisian nie, Middle Dutch nieuwe, Dutch nieuw, Old High German niuwl, German neu, Danish and Swedish ny, Gothic niujis "new"), from PIE *newo- "new" (cf. Sanskrit navah, Persian nau, Hittite newash, Greek neos, Lithuanian naujas, Old Church Slavonic novu, Russian novyi, Latin novus, Old Irish nue, Welsh newydd "new").

The adverb is Old English niwe, from the adjective. New math in reference to a system of teaching mathematics based on investigation and discovery is from 1958. New World (adj.) to designate phenomena of the Western Hemisphere first attested 1823, in Lord Byron; the noun phrase is recorded from 1550s. New Deal in the FDR sense attested by 1932. New school in reference to the more advanced or liberal faction of something is from 1806. New Left (1960) was a coinage of U.S. political sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962). New light in reference to religions is from 1640s. New frontier, in U.S. politics, "reform and social betterment," is from 1934 but associated with John F. Kennedy's use of it in 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for news

news

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bad news, nose for news


new

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what else is new


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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news in Technology


/nee'wis/, /n[y]oo'is/ or /n[y]ooz/ Network extensible Window System.
Many hackers insist on the two-syllable pronunciations above as a way of distinguishing NeWS from news (the netnews software).
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with news
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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