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

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco
Recent Examples on the Web And there is not much optimism about how far the new wave of federal relief will stretch. Kevin O’leary, Fortune, "When government fails businesses, communities can step up to help them thrive," 4 May 2020 The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, has warned that a new wave of COVID-19 infections could coincide with the flu season later this year and make the problem even more challenging to combat. Los Angeles Times, "Reopening the economy vs. keeping it shut longer. What’s more costly?," 23 Apr. 2020 Walmart's new wave of hiring comes about a month after its previous round. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Walmart just hired 150,000 workers. It's hiring 50,000 more as coronavirus continues," 17 Apr. 2020 As travelers have started to return to Hong Kong and other countries that appeared to have contained the virus, including Singapore and Taiwan, a new wave of Covid-19 cases has surged. Chandran Nair, Quartz, "What all the countries that contained coronavirus have in common," 18 Mar. 2020 The new wave of infighting came as Democrats were set to meet for the party's 10th — and perhaps most consequential — debate of the 2020 primary season. oregonlive, "Who won the South Carolina Democratic debate? Vote here," 26 Feb. 2020 With back-to-the-basket big men falling out of vogue, Samanic has shown abilities consistent with the league’s new wave. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How did Luka Samanic fare this season and what is his future with the Spurs?," 22 Apr. 2020 In a month or two, the U.S. could begin opening schools, businesses and air travel, only to face a new wave of pandemic spreading out from Africa. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Coronavirus is headed to Africa, and that means bad news for us," 21 Apr. 2020 People may have the virus without symptoms — so they generally wouldn’t get tested -- and could spread it when lockdowns end, starting a new wave of infections. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Barber shops, nail salons, retail and restaurants: Alaska’s plan to reopen starts to take shape," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“New wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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.
: 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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