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

Adjective a kitchen crammed full of new age appliances
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In this new age, the Zoom age, everything team-related and school related has to be done virtually. al, "Bo Nix and KJ Britt adjust to football in the Zoom age," 9 Apr. 2020 The new age of digital celebrities on the short-form video app TikTok. Olivia Roos, NBC News, "The 12 most-read features on NBC News Digital in 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Employers are working to implement all kinds of changes to protect their employees in this new age of social distancing. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Here's what the office could look like post pandemic," 14 May 2020 Watch the video above for more information on this new age of innovation. CBS News, "From gadgets to high-tech: Here are some safety innovations spurred by coronavirus pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 This move into a new age of technology in football is one that is slowly but surely taking place across the world of football, and at this level at least, will be impossible to escape., "Will VAR's Not So Long-Awaited Arrival Actually Solve Any Problems?," 8 Jan. 2018 When the boy failed to become infected, a new age in medicine was born. Lawrence Wright, New York Times, "Lawrence Wright’s New Pandemic Novel Wasn’t Supposed to Be Prophetic," 12 Mar. 2020 There is still confusion among Michigan officials regarding when the new age restriction will start being enforced. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "In Michigan, legal age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices is now 21," 3 Jan. 2020 Richards compiles some of the best sounds in the new age and ambient worlds and spins these tunes amid an appropriately surreal light setup from Edit Lab at Streetsense, the folks (probably) behind your favorite trendy restaurant. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 2 Jan. 2020

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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