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 new wave of anti-Semitism could, and in fact did, produce a kind of American pogrom. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 This new wave feels different than the usual culture mining that goes on 20 to 30 years after a decade has ended, the way the cool people of the 2040s will probably try to mimic our tragic current era. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 Less likely but still possible is a rapid fall in prices for housing or steel and a new wave of cash flowing out of China. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trade Fight Complicates Beijing’s Stimulus Calculus," 20 July 2018 The musicians were genre benders, stitching patches of hard rock, hip-hop, and new wave to a veil of soft, velvety pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 The funding for the Wells memorial is barely halfway to its goal but a new wave of attention to Wells and her work may make the difference. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Flipping the Narrative: Movement to Publicly Honor Black Journalists and Newspapers Grows," 18 June 2018 In the photo, one hand is raised above her head, the actor seemingly reaching for one of the short new waves that adorn her head. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Danielle Brooks of “Orange Is the New Black” Debuted a New Haircut on Instagram," 30 Oct. 2018 Frustrated by the new wave of conflicts, Ethiopia's leader has warned in recent weeks that those who are instigating the violence in different parts of the country should stop their actions or his government will be forced to take measures. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Deadly ethnic-based attacks erupt near Ethiopia's capital," 16 Sep. 2018 With each new wave, the crisis has gotten deadlier. German Lopez, Vox, "It’s Overdose Awareness Day — and overdoses are killing more Americans than ever before," 31 Aug. 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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