new age

adjective, often capitalized N&A

Definition of new age 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being New Age

2 : contemporary, modern new age grocery stores

new age


Definition of new age (Entry 2 of 2)

1 capitalized : an eclectic group of cultural attitudes arising in late 20th century Western society that are adapted from those of a variety of ancient and modern cultures, that emphasize beliefs (such as reincarnation, holism, pantheism, and occultism) outside the mainstream, and that advance alternative approaches to spirituality, right living, and health

2 : a soft soothing form of instrumental music often used to promote relaxation

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Other Words from new age


New Ager noun
New Agey \-​ˈā-​jē \ adjective

Examples of new age in a Sentence


a kitchen crammed full of new age appliances

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From new age classics, transportive tiki bars, reinvented Barbary Coast tipples, or healthy(ish) cocktails, there's a bar for every kind of drinker. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in San Francisco," 1 Mar. 2018 To be clear, many new age practices are appropriated from aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American culture. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The Meghalayan isn't the only new age identified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "According to Geologists, We're Living In a New Age," 18 July 2018 More bathrooms, expanded food choices, wider spaces, improved sound — and above all, luxury seating — all heralded a new age in sports entertainment. Sam Donnellon,, "As Philadelphia changes, Wells Fargo Center tries to change with it," 7 June 2018 At times, the thickness of the production approximates the tricks of new age music, sounds that encourage a kind of hypnosis. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 Does this mean that a new age is upon us, one where all colors live in harmony and are appreciated equally? Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Place Your Bets on the New Millennial Pink," 3 July 2018 This would mark a new age of Trek, which has had usually one and at most two shows on air at a time, followed by a years-long hiatus. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Still, other leaders in the region have welcomed the news, hoping the end of war may open up both countries and usher in a new age of regional cooperation. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Landmark Peace Declaration Ends ‘State of War’ Between Ethiopia and Eritrea," 12 July 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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