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 wave (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco
Recent Examples on the Web As more and more Central American families arrive at the United States’ southern border, the municipality of Panzós offers a stark illustration of the deepening food crisis that is contributing to the new wave of migration. Washington Post, "The reason many Guatemalans are coming to the border? A profound hunger crisis.," 1 Apr. 2021 Coming back now, Schwab is looking at things completely differently: how allying Greece’s skills and history with a fresh design aesthetic can belong to the progressive new wave of people seeking authentic values in fashion. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Marios Schwab, a Name From London’s Mid-Aughts Talent Boom, Has Returned to Athens—And His Greek Roots—With a New Collection," 25 Mar. 2021 Health experts this week have argued that poor ventilation in schools could lead to a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Experts finally pinpointed the cause of so many coronavirus outbreaks," 26 Feb. 2021 And throughout 2020, TikTok gave birth to a new wave of creators focused more on personality than perfection. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Are Disposables the Future of Photo Sharing?," 25 Feb. 2021 First, the new mutations of the virus could potentially lead to a new wave of infections in the country. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Has the Covid-19 pandemic effectively ended in India?," 17 Feb. 2021 And just as administration staff prepare to hand off to a new team arriving, so the army of Trump impersonators, which has joked, satirized, and selfied its way through his presidency must give way to a new wave of facsimile Joe Bidens. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump impersonator prepares for life after the White House," 28 Dec. 2020 In neighboring -- and equally cold -- Japan, restrictions have also been ramped up in response to a new wave of cases. Jake Kwon, Gawon Bae And James Griffiths, CNN, "South Korea warns of first potential lockdown as coronavirus numbers continue to rise," 16 Dec. 2020 When the idea of multiculturalism emerged years ago, many saw it as a step toward extending the original American idea of openness to the new wave of non-European immigrants arriving from Asia and elsewhere. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Joe Biden’s Cabinet of Diversity," 16 Dec. 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 9 May. 2021.

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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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