New World


Definition of New World

 (Entry 1 of 2)

the New World
: the western hemisphere especially : the continental landmass of North and South America It must therefore be inferred that the colonizers of the New World … numbered at least 900 individuals … — Johanna Nichols Some 30,000 Kuna Indians live in villages on the tiny coral islands just off Panama's Caribbean Coast … When Columbus landed in the New World, these Indians occupied a much larger slice of Central America. — Norman Myers


\ ˈnü-ˈwər(-ə)ld How to pronounce new-world (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of new-world (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the New World Snatches and scraps of old-world philosophies and new-world ethics floated through his mind …— Jack London New-world visitors accustomed to sedate, 55-mile-an-hour speed limits, lane discipline, and courtly driving may be genuinely astonished at old-world ways, especially when they're struggling with a stick shift on a hot summer day with no air-conditioning in the car.— Tony Rocca We new-world settlers … brought the imagination of other countries to transplant it in a different geography.— Guy Davenport Even notes of honey can emerge with bottle age, and new-world examples of the wine made from ripe-picked grapes have exhibited aromas of fig and black raspberry jam.— John Winthrop Haeger

First Known Use of New World


1549, in the meaning defined above


circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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“New World.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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: the lands in the western hemisphere and especially North and South America


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