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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This land has been renewed and its light rekindled with every new wave of immigrants, from the first pilgrims to the most recent waves of refugees and asylum seekers. Said Ahmed-zaid, idahostatesman, "We should treat refugees with humanity and decency, as we are all the human race," 5 July 2018 Have cities learned from the new wave of transportation startups inspired by Uber that simply showed up and started operating without permission? Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban; 17 states sue Trump," 27 June 2018 But amid the new wave of data vendors are some that are pushing the boundaries of legality. The Economist, "Hedge funds worry about the legal risks of using “alternative” data," 21 June 2018 That will define the new wave of sports betting in New Jersey and across the country. Conor Orr,, "What Will Betting on the NFL Look Like Now? U.K. Bookmakers and Gamblers Give Us an Idea," 14 May 2018 BEIRUT - Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of airstrikes and shelling Tuesday, plunging the besieged area just outside of Syria's capital of Damascus into a spiral of violence and despair. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "Rebel areas pounded by Syrian forces despite cease-fire call," 6 Feb. 2018 The band quickly started working on songs in Tranquilla's '80s wheelhouse, which included new wave and punk. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "I Like Robots has perfected the ’80s cover band act," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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