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 How to pronounce New Agey (audio) \ adjective

Examples of new age in a Sentence


a kitchen crammed full of new age appliances

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In this new age of red-meat national politics, everyone uses the misbehavior of others to justify their own. James A. Baker Iii, WSJ, "John McCain and the Dying Art of Political Compromise," 29 Aug. 2018 All four of these people have made entire careers from this new age of digital commentary that was left in MST3K's wake. Bryan Lufkin, Popular Mechanics, "Can Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thrive in an Age of Snark?," 14 Apr. 2017 The robots were intended to usher in a new age of automation; one where machines would work safely next to humans, rather than confined to their own sections on the factory floor. James Vincent, The Verge, "Pioneering creator of collaborative ‘cobots’ Rethink Robotics shuts down," 4 Oct. 2018 Good luck, some lawmakers, in this new age of laissez-faire. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Another bite of the Apple: Beyond that trillion-dollar valuation," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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