new·​com·​er | \ ˈnü-ˌkə-mər How to pronounce newcomer (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of newcomer

1 : one recently arrived

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Examples of newcomer in a Sentence

he's a newcomer to ice hockey
Recent Examples on the Web The 5-10, 171-pound senior is a former district newcomer of the year. Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2021 North Central softball player Katie Del Re was named to the CCIW all-conference team in addition to being selected newcomer of the year. Josh Krockey,, 8 May 2021 Many Peruvians held out hope that as a political newcomer, Mr. Castillo might break this pattern of compounding crises. Jocelyn Noveck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2021 As a newcomer to the Olympic stage, Lee worried this time would be different. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 As a newcomer to the state legislature in 1983, for instance, Manchin reportedly held hostage a bill curbing hospital costs pending passage of an obscure measure favoring physical therapists, the profession of one of his uncles. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 As a newcomer to the music business, Waithe will work with artists to develop their film and aesthetic strategies while learning the ropes of the record industry itself. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Jess Brown, retired political science professor at Athens State University, said Britt faces an uphill battle as a newcomer against a candidate who has won more than a dozen elections. Mike Cason |, al, 8 June 2021 Merriweather had as good of a season Matt Wells could have hoped for as a newcomer to the Red Raiders in 2020. Dallas News, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of newcomer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Newcomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of newcomer

: a person who has recently arrived somewhere or who has recently started a new activity
: something new that has recently been added or created


new·​com·​er | \ ˈnü-ˌkə-mər How to pronounce newcomer (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of newcomer

1 : someone or something recently arrived
2 : beginner

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