New Deal


: the legislative and administrative program of President F. D. Roosevelt designed to promote economic recovery and social reform during the 1930s
also : the period of this program
New Dealer noun
New Dealish adjective
New Dealism noun

Examples of New Deal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the decades, the Washington Monthly’s indefatigable and ornery spearhead was Mr. Peters, a New Deal Democrat who served in the legislature of his native West Virginia and once aspired to run the state as governor. Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 As an environmental activist, Stein's platform focuses on combating climate change and supporting a Green New Deal. Emma Nicholson, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 President Roosevelt’s New Deal was a massive political success, providing a model that will work again. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 9 Nov. 2023 Lost in America also informs us that HABS is now the longest extant government agency established under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, 9 Nov. 2023 With that, Flanagan became the head of a major New Deal program. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 His dream was always of a new New Deal that would go further than the original one had, lifting all boats not by some rising tide of affluence but by giving everyone the same ship and the same sail. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Listen to Honorary Gen-Zer and Father of the Green New Deal @Senator ... Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 The Black woman behind the Green New Deal, policy expert Rhiana Gunn-Wright, is not holding back in her criticism of the federal government’s clean energy policy. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 30 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


from the supposed resemblance to the situation of freshness and equality of opportunity afforded by a fresh deal in a card game

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of New Deal was in 1932

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“New Deal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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