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

new-wave

play \ˈnü-ˈwāv, ˈnyü-, -ˌwāv\ adjective

new waver

play \ˈnü-ˈwā-vər, ˈnyü-\ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

  1. people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco

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First Known Use of new wave

1960


NEW WAVE Defined for English Language Learners

new wave

noun

Definition of new wave for English Language Learners

  • : 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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