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

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More recently, there has been a new wave of interest in the category, leading some firms to seek exits or pursue growth. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Raine Group Leads $70 Million Investment in Ad-Tech Firm VideoAmp," 1 May 2019 And there is a new wave of controversy – and a slew of lawsuits – alleging that lethal injections are almost as inhumane as firing squads. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 Some Republicans have even admitted that this is the goal of the new wave of voting restrictions. German Lopez, Vox, "With the Supreme Court’s ruling, other states plan to follow Ohio’s lead on voter purges.," 11 June 2018 Slowly but surely, the beauty industry has been shifting more towards diversity and inclusion — a long overdue change that’s been championed in large part by a new wave of brands and influencers like Jackie Aina and Beauty Bakerie. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sudanese Model Anok Yai Is the New Face of Estée Lauder’s 56-Shade Foundation," 20 July 2018 The emails matter because Benioff has cast himself as part of a new wave of tech philanthropists and as one of the city’s corporate leaders. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Marc Benioff voiced concerns on a San Francisco homelessness measure months before becoming its most prominent booster," 18 Oct. 2018 He is ranked 35th in the world and part of a new wave of players who are ensuring that the one-handed topspin backhand lives on at the highest level. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Sometimes in Tennis, One Hand is Still Better Than Two," 30 June 2018 Saudi Arabia lifted its longstanding driving ban on June 24, as part of a new wave of reforms introduced under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Six Things We Learned About Saudi Arabia From the Reddit AMA With TIME's Aryn Baker," 26 June 2018 The band has been hailed as an exemplar of the new wave of American heavy metal that began in the 1990s with the likes of Pantera and Machine Head and the preeminent metal act of the 21st Century, Metallica. L. Kent Wolgamott, Detroit Free Press, "Mastodon: It was a long, loud road to the top of metal's mountain," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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new wave

noun

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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