\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 good news is that many ingredients that are used to treat signs of aging also treat acne. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "4 Skin-Care Ingredients That Simultaneously Treat Acne and Signs of Aging," 31 Oct. 2018 The season's coaches—Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and Gwen were stunned by the news. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Went from 'The Voice' Co-Stars to One of Music's Hottest Couples," 29 Oct. 2018 The good news for us is people need content more than ever. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes on Recode Decode," 22 Oct. 2018 That way, the child will feel some pride in being old enough to hear the truth, so the news is less of a blow. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Tell Your Kids About Santa Without Breaking Their Hearts," 15 Oct. 2018 The good news is this storm will move relatively quickly, but Carolinas and Georgia could still see tropical storm impacts/power outages/winds and heavy rain. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Hurricane Michael intensifying; set to strike Florida as a Cat 3 storm," 9 Oct. 2018 The good news is that Curiosity remains otherwise stable, healthy and responsive. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch," 22 Sep. 2018 And, with social media and the 24/7 news cycle, the monarchy is exposed to an entirely new level of intrusiveness—like Kate and William's wastershed lawsuit over paparazzi photos taken in France. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Photographic Ode to Kate Middleton’s Absolute Jubilation at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 Without a doubt, this is one of the busiest news cycles in years. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 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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