novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented.
a novel approach to the problem
original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist.
a man without one original idea
fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness.
a fresh start
They visited the new library.
I saw their new baby for the first time.
They planted new trees on the campus.
a new kind of music
She couldn't afford a new car, so she bought a used one.
He bought the car new.
She is eager to see his new apartment.
This is my new stepsister.
the young man and his new wife
I made a new friend today. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The county Registrar of Voters estimated that a special election to fill the vacancy would cost $350,000 to $600,000, but could go even higher due to new state election rules, said a city staff report.—Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2023 When DeSantis began pushing new rules on how race is taught, Dunn decided to take his tour statewide and to focus on students.—Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2023 This is the web version of The Modern Board, a newsletter focusing on mastering the new rules of corporate leadership.—Lila Maclellan, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 Any attempt to designate a building a historic landmark by someone other than the owner must receive preauthorization from the Naperville City Council before the review process can begin, new rules approved by the council this week say.—Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 Tyler Posey received some support from Sarah Michelle Gellar at the premiere of his new Paramount+ movie on Wednesday in L.A.—Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2023 The European Union's digital policy chief warned TikTok's boss Thursday that the social media app will have to fall in line with tough new rules for online platforms set to take effect later this year.—Kelvin Chan, ajc, 19 Jan. 2023 Workers would have to work longer before receiving a pension under the new rules — with the nominal retirement age rising from 62 to 64.—Sylvie Corbet, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 French workers would have to work longer before receiving a pension under the new rules – with the nominal retirement age rising from 62 to 64.—Sylvie Corbet And Jade Le Deley, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English newe, new, nywe, going back to Old English nīowe, nīewe, nēowe, going back to Germanic *neuja- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German niuwi "new," Middle Dutch nieuwe, nûwe, Old Norse nýr, Gothic niujis), going back to Indo-European *neu̯i̯o-, derivative of *neu̯o- "new, young," whence Latin novus "new" (from *newos), Greek néos "young, fresh, new," Tocharian A ñu "new," Tocharian B ñuwe, Sanskrit návaḥ "new, fresh, young," Avestan nauua-, Hittite nēwa- "new"; also, going back to presumed ablaut variant, *nou̯o- (whence Old Church Slavic novŭ "new, recent") and *nou̯i̯o- (whence Old Irish náue, nuae "new, fresh," Welsh newydd, Lithuanian naũjas "new," Sanskrit návyaḥ "new, young"); also, going back to a derivative *neu̯ǝro- (parallel to Greek nearós "youthful, tender"), Armenian nor "new"
A widely attested Indo-European adjective, apparently extant in all major branches except Albanian. Indo-European *neu̯o-, etc., may be based on *nu, *nuH "now" (see now entry 1).
Middle English newe, going back to Old English nīwe, derivative of nīowe, nīewenew entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
The first known use of new was
before the 12th century