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 age (audio) \ adjective

Examples of new age in a Sentence

Adjective a kitchen crammed full of new age appliances
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The alternative is a new age of ignorance in which media companies offer their platforms to anyone with an axe to grind. James Harkin, Harper's Magazine, "Sign of the Times," 27 Apr. 2021 So Kerr’s shooting helped usher in a new age of bombs-away, a trend boosted by coaches like Steve Kerr. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kerr helped blaze trail for Curry, now admires and enables NBA's greatest 3-point shooter," 10 Apr. 2021 Very in tune in what’s going on in the new age and all the different pitch metrics and analytics. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "How a self-help book, tough conversations put Rule 5 pick Brett de Geus on verge of Rangers’ roster," 11 Mar. 2021 And San Francisco police have released a new age progression sketch of Arianna. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Five years after Oakland mother's mysterious death, authorities ramp up search for her missing daughter," 10 Apr. 2021 Eleven years ago, as President Obama was beginning to emphasize climate change as a potential legislative priority, utility companies began strategizing to survive the new age. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Duke Energy’s Green Facade Isn’t Fooling People Anymore," 7 Apr. 2021 In this new age of precarity, consumers will need surefire means to acquire the skills necessary to become productive employees, while employers will require reliable information to compare and hire the right talent. Kristin Sharp, Forbes, "Tracking Outcomes Toward Better Apprenticeships," 6 Apr. 2021 The Joint List won a record 15 parliamentary seats in 2020, leading activists to hail a new age in Arab-Israeli political engagement. Washington Post, "In turnabout, Netanyahu courts Arab voters he once called a threat," 18 Mar. 2021 The Gold Rush ushered in a new age of immigration, with many people from China coming to work in the American West, Wu said. NBC News, "Racism, sexism must be considered in Atlanta case involving killing of six Asian women, experts say," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of new age


1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“New age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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