new wave


often capitalized N&W
: a cinematic movement that is characterized by improvisation, abstraction, and subjective symbolism and that often makes use of experimental photographic techniques
: a new movement in a particular field
: popular music less raw than punk rock and typically including unconventional melodies, exaggerated beats, and quirky lyrics
: dernier cri
especially : fashion that is strikingly outrageous
ˈnü-ˈwāv How to pronounce new wave (audio)
new waver noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco
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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of new wave was in 1960

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“New wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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