noun, plural in form but singular in construction, often attributive
\ ˈnüz How to pronounce news (audio) , 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 How to pronounce news (audio) , ˈnyüz-​ \ adjective

Examples of news in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best news from the game was that star wingman Herb Jones looked healthy again. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama hoops: If the rim is there, then just try and rip it down," 14 Feb. 2021 The good news is the Rangers have already cleared out the rot and torn things down to the studs. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Spring training preview: 3 areas the Texas Rangers need to sort through to shape the club in 2021 and beyond," 12 Feb. 2021 The news is important to the millions of people who received jobless benefits last year after restaurants, factories and other places of business shut down during the pandemic. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "IRS to start processing 2020 tax returns Friday: What to know before you file," 12 Feb. 2021 The good news in all this inconvenience is that if and when a skier rises off the base lifts and onto the upper mountain, the runs are uncrowded and the skiers able to spread out. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's what to expect at Tahoe this weekend: Long lift lines," 11 Feb. 2021 Sterling Ruby’s novel prints speak to a world tuned into the 24-hour news cycle. Jenny Hartman & Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "From Fendi to Christian Dior: The 14 Best Couture Looks of the Season," 30 Jan. 2021 Once the immediate news cycle is over, these victims are out of sight and out of mind. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Threats to democracy, Arik Matson's life after being shot, church choirs, fauna and flora," 30 Jan. 2021 In the world of social media and an information age with a 24-hour news cycle, heroes rise and fall in spectacular fashion on a daily basis. New York Times, "Do We Ask Too Much of Black Heroes?," 29 Jan. 2021 The riots on Capitol Hill Jan. 6 had people glued to their phones for the latest news on the events and its consequences. USA TODAY, "Facebook and Twitter bumming you out? Doomscrolling leads users to social media detox. Here's how you can, too," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of news

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

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The first known use of news was in the 15th century

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19 Feb 2021

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“News.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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.
informal : someone or something that is exciting and in the news


\ ˈnüz How to pronounce news (audio) , 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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