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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That led to a new wave of capital flight and a few days later the reimposition of currency controls. The Economist, "Argentina’s beleaguered government imposes capital controls," 2 Sep. 2019 With the Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Company, Bell falls in line with a new wave of actors from the Birmingham area who want to create opportunities in and around the city. al, "‘Choir Boy’ is Carlton Bell’s black, queer, and unapologetic tribute to Birmingham," 23 Aug. 2019 Burger King is collecting customers’ guesses and plans to release the data in a new wave of commercials that’ll run later this summer in Sweden. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Can you taste the difference between plant-based meat and beef? Burger King Sweden is betting no.," 23 July 2019 Environmental protesters have blocked roads in London and four other British cities in a new wave of demonstrations demanding faster action against climate change. Washington Post, "Activists block UK roads in new climate-change protests," 15 July 2019 The obesity epidemic and related rise in the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes are key culprits in the new wave of cardiovascular disease mortality, researchers and cardiologists say. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Heart Attack at 49—America’s Biggest Killer Makes a Deadly Comeback," 21 June 2019 But the growth and changes in business culture of the 1970s, re-establishing the power of owners over workers, fuelled a new wave of corporate activism, which the Kochs illustrate. The Economist, "The Kochtopus’s garden," 29 Aug. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has quickly become one of the most vocal members of the Democratic party’s new wave of progressive members after her shocking upset victory over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley last year. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to headline Boulder County Democrats fundraiser in September," 17 Aug. 2019 Both hotels are part of Boston’s new wave of micro hotels. Christopher Muther,, "Micro hotels are the next big thing in Boston," 15 Aug. 2019

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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.
: 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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