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 Contact breaking news intern Kyle Davidson at Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 There will be an hour-long preshow at 11:00 a.m. PT with news and updates concerning For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 June 2021 On conservative news channels, Fauci — who serves as President Joe Biden's pandemic adviser — has been pilloried as a liar who misled the American people about COVID-19's origins. Editors, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 The local paper is where residents turn to get news about their local government, schools and businesses. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Town Meeting rejected the measure by a vote of 625-297, according to news reports and people in attendance Saturday., 5 June 2021 The attack sparked a real-world fire in a Florida town, according to local news reports, when a Hummer burst into flames after the driver filled up four gas containers. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 In addition to the pandemic, the year had seen a continuation of 2019's political upheaval, with protests across the nation, both peaceful and violent, and episodes of police brutality that made news around the world. John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2021 FuboTV offers access to over 100 entertainment, news and sports channels for $64.99/month after the free trial ends. Mike Rose, cleveland, 5 June 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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“News.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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