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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At the same time, musicians from Veracruz began accepting invitations to travel to California to hold fandango workshops, amid a new wave of interest in roots music among American listeners. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans," 8 Aug. 2018 Today, a new wave of rappers, jazz musicians and reggae artists are on a steady come-up, some of whom have used their contemporary voices as a stepping stone in the Anglo market and popular culture. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "From Hip-Hop to Jazz to Reggae, Here Are the Cuban Artists You Should Be Listening to Today," 15 Feb. 2018 Some like to call it the Internet of Things (IoT) economy, one in which Internet access supports a new wave of global growth. Robert M. Mcdowell, Fortune, "I’m a Former FCC Commissioner, and I Think the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Great for America," 7 May 2018 In Russia, the largest palladium producer, dozens of companies and key allies of President Vladimir Putin are facing a new wave of U.S. sanctions., "Trump Trade Fears Take Gold and Palladium Futures on a Wild Ride," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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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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