nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈna-sᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnā- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

Definition of nascent

: coming or having recently come into existence a nascent middle class her nascent singing career

Keep scrolling for more

The Origin of Nascent

Nascent comes from "nascens," the present participle of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." It is a relative newcomer to the collection of English words that derive from that Latin verb. In fact, when the word nascent was itself a newborn, in the first quarter of the 17th century, other "nasci" offspring were already respectably mature. "Nation," "native," and "nature" had been around since the 1300s; "innate" and "natal," since the 1400s. More recently, we picked up some French descendants of "nasci": "née" in the 1700s and "Renaissance" in the 1800s. Our newest "nasci" word? It may well be "perinatology," which was first used in the late 1960s to name the specialized branch of medicine concerned with childbirth.

Examples of nascent in a Sentence

In the mid-'60s, Toronto was home to Yorkville, a gathering spot for draft resisters, a petri dish for a nascent coffeehouse and rock scene similar to the one developing in New York's Greenwich Village. — Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 27 June 1996 It was almost 80 years ago that the Wright brothers from Ohio ventured to Kitty Hawk for the uplift its steady winds offered their nascent passion, airplanes. — Robert R. Yandle, Popular Photography, March 1993 A few centuries late, when the nascent science of geology was gathering evidence for the earth's enormous antiquity, some advocates of biblical literalism revived this old argument for our entire planet. — Stephen Jay Gould, Granta 16, Summer 1985 The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career. one of the leading figures in the nascent civil-rights movement
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Also, after the famine, North Korea had allowed some nascent market activity to take place. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Early Life of Kim Jong Un," 14 June 2019 While the Stonewall uprising is often credited with being the start of the gay rights movement, there was a nascent but growing movement for at least two decades prior, as NBC News has previously reported. NBC News, "When it comes to Stonewall, the myths are as famous as the riots," 12 June 2019 This snuffs out any hope of a big incumbent being displaced by a nascent competitor. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 Having skipped college in favor of teaching himself the ins and outs of the nascent drone industry, Madincea is now the CEO, co-owner and co-founder of Drone Parks Worldwide along with partner Marjorie Ferrone. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Self-taught Woodlands drone expert now a leading voice in growing industry," 5 June 2019 In a normal year, Seeley Lake is an outdoor adventurer’s dreamscape, known for its lakes, rivers, and mountain trails, but that summer the town became a laboratory in the nascent study of wildfire smoke’s effect on human health. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg The latest allegations against a major player in the nascent world of cryptocurrencies have something in common with past financial scandals: The little guy may end up holding the bag. Matthew Leising, Bloomberg.com, "Bitfinex Crypto Case Shows Smaller Investors Face Greater Risk," 26 Apr. 2019 Campaign disclosure filings show Johnson also is an investor in the nascent legal marijuana sector and a professional adviser to a cannabis hedge fund. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "Libertarian says Trump, Democrats need a swing-vote senator," 9 Oct. 2018 The point was driven home to me recently when GTM Research (which is in the process of becoming Wood McKenzie) contacted me about a series of short reports on nascent solar technologies just breaking into markets. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nascent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nascent

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nascent

Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nascent

Listen to Our Podcast about nascent

Dictionary Entries near nascent

NASCAR

nascence

nascency

nascent

NASD

nase

naseberry

Statistics for nascent

Last Updated

17 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nascent

The first known use of nascent was circa 1624

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nascent

nascent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nascent

formal : beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈnas-ᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnās- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

Medical Definition of nascent

1 : coming or having recently come into existence : beginning to develop nascent polypeptide chains
2 : of, relating to, or being an atom or substance at the moment of its formation usually with the implication of greater reactivity than otherwise nascent hydrogen

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on nascent

What made you want to look up nascent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!