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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If anything, the opposite of that is almost certainly true in this country, as the new wave of American soccer fans have embraced a number of initiatives promoting various forms of diversity. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Landon Donovan's heart was in the right place, but the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry is too intense," 20 June 2018 Law Enforcement as Organized Crime Among the new wave of cases is the contractor’s. Leonid Ragozin, Bloomberg.com, "When Russian Officials ‘Nightmare’ Your Business, You Can Lose Everything—Even Your Life," 29 Jan. 2018 Unless a new wave of playmakers emerges to assist quarterback K.J. Costello, points could be sparse. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Way-too-early Pac-12 football predictions: Can Washington rule the North once again?," 23 Jan. 2019 On the other hand, a new wave of settlers could simply have replaced the island’s earlier inhabitants, bringing a new culture and art style with them. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Now the market has cooled, a new wave of construction using scraps of leftover space is taking cramped living to the extreme. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "What’s 8 Feet Wide and Has an Elevator? Manhattan’s Tiniest Fancy Townhouses," 1 Nov. 2018 Of course, that extends to beauty routines, too, as a new wave of clever high-tech facial tools transforms our skin—no trip to the dermatologist’s office required. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 High-Tech Facial Tools to Up Your Beauty Game This Season," 15 Sep. 2018 Bluetooth speakers are everywhere, and every year a new wave of speakers builds upon the advancements of the last. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Every Occasion," 17 Aug. 2018 Previously, teenagers dressed like their parents in gray, formal attire, but a new wave of designers and musicians encouraged them to express their individuality and creativity in unprecedented ways. refinery29.com, "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 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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