new wave

noun, often capitalized N&W

Definition of new wave 

1 : a cinematic movement that is characterized by improvisation, abstraction, and subjective symbolism and that often makes use of experimental photographic techniques

2 : a new movement in a particular field

3 : popular music less raw than punk rock and typically including unconventional melodies, exaggerated beats, and quirky lyrics

4 : dernier cri especially : fashion that is strikingly outrageous

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Other words from new wave

new-wave \ˈnü-ˈwāv, ˈnyü-, -ˌwāv \ adjective
new waver \ˈnü-ˈwā-vər, ˈnyü- \ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco

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Increasingly, the nearly 100-years-old event, which started as an Atlantic City tourist draw, has often seemed like a societal anachronism, flying in the face of each new wave of feminism. Nancy Redd, Glamour, "I Won the Miss America Swimsuit Competition, but I Couldn’t Be Happier It’s Canceled," 12 June 2018 Last month's death comes amid a new wave of aggressive Trump administration policies toward immigrants. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell," 10 June 2018 The new Wave — minus all of the aspects of the streetcar system that led to its recent demise — is under discussion with city, county, state and federal officials. Brittany Wallman,, "With the Wave streetcar dead, how about one-way streets?," 6 July 2018 Gosha Rubchinskiy thinks street fashion is the new wave of uniting youth. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gosha Rubchinskiy on the End of Gosha Rubchinskiy—And More From His Talk in Tbilisi, Georgia," 4 May 2018 This is the newest wave of immigration into this quiet corner of the country, set off by the refugee crisis in 2015 and its aftermath. The Economist, "Whose Heimat?A land of multiple identities," 12 Apr. 2018 The questions still loom — who will control the new wave of dockless bike-sharing? Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 3," 3 July 2018 Penang was one of Chinatown’s first sweet-ice purveyors, but a new wave of Chinese dessert makers has brought a sweet chill to town in recent years. Craig Laban,, "The best icy desserts in Philadelphia | Craig LaBan," 3 July 2018 This is particularly true of the 16-bit era Final Fantasy games for Super Nintendo, which ushered in a new wave of Japanese role-playing fans in the 1990s. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of new wave

: a movement in which a group of people introduce new styles or ideas in art, music, politics, etc.

New Wave : a style of rock music that was popular especially in the 1970s and 1980s, has a strong beat, and uses many electronic instruments (such as keyboards)

: a modern style of art, film, or fashion that tries to be very different or unusual often in a shocking way

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