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 \ adjective

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a kitchen crammed full of new age appliances

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This would mark a new age of Trek, which has had usually one and at most two shows on air at a time, followed by a years-long hiatus. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Still, other leaders in the region have welcomed the news, hoping the end of war may open up both countries and usher in a new age of regional cooperation. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Landmark Peace Declaration Ends ‘State of War’ Between Ethiopia and Eritrea," 12 July 2018 The aesthetically pleasing styles of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have ushered in a new age in English football., "Why Laurent Blanc is the Worst Possible Managerial Choice for Chelsea in 2018," 8 June 2018 Still, the DelCap, run at the American classic distance of a mile-and-a-quarter, remains a never-to-be-missed summer staple at a racetrack that conjures up another time but continues on proudly in a new age. Dick Jerardi,, "Delaware Park's opening day a unique horse-racing experience," 29 May 2018 Free marketeers, including this newspaper, fretted about a new age of monopolies. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 That show, which Bochco co-created with Michael Kozoll, chronicled the staff of a police precinct and marked the dawn of a new age of storytelling, particularly with a sprawling cast. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Late TV icon Steven Bochco is honored with Fox Studios building, the 'epicenter' of his hit shows," 6 May 2018 Much fun is made of the new age-y etiquette of the group. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 In this new age of division and despair, Finfer still sees plenty of reasons to be hopeful. James Sullivan,, "Whatever happened to those radical boomer activists from the ’60s and ’70s?," 6 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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