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

Other Words from new wave

new-wave \ ˈnü-​ˈwāv How to pronounce new wave (audio) , ˈnyü-​ , -​ˌwāv \ adjective
new waver \ ˈnü-​ˈwā-​vər How to pronounce new wave (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco
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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“New wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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