\ ˈnüz, ˈnyüz\

Definition of news

1a : a report of recent events gave her the good news
b : previously unknown information I've got news for you
c : something having a specified influence or effect the rain was good news for lawns and gardens— Garrison Keillor the virus was bad news
2a : material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast listened to the news on the radio
b : matter that is newsworthy The layoffs were big news in this part of the state.
3 : newscast We saw it on the evening news.

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Other Words from news

newsless \ ˈnüz-​ləs , ˈnyüz-​ \ adjective

Examples of news in a Sentence

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The unemployment rate rose to 3.9% from 3.7%, but that was also good news as 419,000 workers joined the labor force. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jobs for the Forgotten Man," 4 Jan. 2019 That's good news for Jennifer, who made it to the U.S. finals by championing 14-year-old Kennedy Holmes. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's Why Jennifer Hudson Isn't Coming Back for 'The Voice' Season 16," 31 Dec. 2018 But after the end of that tumultuous year, there was some good news. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Without question, these are 2018’s best space books for kids," 29 Dec. 2018 This is decidedly inspiring news for the entire industry. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 The Middleton bachelorette pad isn't the only recent real estate news for the royals and royal adjacents, either. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate and Pippa Middleton's London Bachelorette Apartment Is for Sale for $2.5 Million," 10 Dec. 2018 Foster speculates that the royals are banking the news coverage will shift to discuss the new royal baby (and hopefully back to positive coverage). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 19 Dec. 2018 Here’s a local news report on the incident: The torpedo is approximately 6.8 meters (22 feet) long. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Vietnamese Fisherman Drags a Chinese Torpedo Back to Shore," 19 Dec. 2018 Though many were excited that the EGOT winner was joining the cast, his own wife, Chrissy Teigen, took the opportunity to troll her husband when the news was first announced. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Who Is Replacing Jennifer Hudson on 'The Voice?'," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of news

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of news

: new information or a report about something that has happened recently

: information that is reported in a newspaper, magazine, television news program, etc.

: someone or something that is exciting and in the news


\ ˈnüz, ˈnyüz\

Kids Definition of news

1 : a report of recent events or unknown information I have good news! We won!
2 : information or recent events reported in a newspaper or magazine or on a broadcast
3 : a broadcast of information on recent events We saw pictures of a flood on the evening news.
4 : an event that is interesting enough to be reported

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