ne·​o·​ter·​ic | \ ˌnē-ə-ˈter-ik How to pronounce neoteric (audio) \

Definition of neoteric

: recent in origin : modern

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An odd thing about neoteric is that this word for things that are modern and new is itself rather old. It's been part of English since at least 1596, and its roots go back even further—to ancient Greek. We adapted the word from Late Latin neōtericus, which also means "recent." Neōtericus in turn comes from Late Greek neōterikós and ultimately from Greek néos, meaning "new" or "young." As old as its roots are, however, neoteric itself entered English later than its synonyms modern (which appeared earlier in the 16th century) and newfangled (which has been with us since the 15th century).

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Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, by including NFT support, Meta is moving to holistically integrate two of the largest neoteric digital movements: cryptocurrencies and the Internet of Things (IoT). Solo Ceesay, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2021 And as part of the collaboration, Burberry invited Ssense to add its neoteric polish to its SoHo retail space. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of neoteric

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoteric

borrowed from Late Latin neōtericus, borrowed from Late Greek neōterikós, from Greek neṓteros (comparative of néos "young, fresh, new") + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at new entry 1

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“Neoteric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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