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 newsless (audio) , ˈnyüz-​ \ adjective

Examples of news in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics Frates was a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Pete Frates, inspiration for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34," 9 Dec. 2019 Matier can be seen on the KGO-TV morning and evening news and can also be heard on KCBS radio Monday through Friday at 7:50 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. Got a tip? Phil Matier,, "Harris supporters who spent $1 million on ads were one day too late," 8 Dec. 2019 The Roloff family has had quite a year between all the wonderful baby news and wedding celebrations. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff's Girlfriend Caryn Chandler Addresses Engagement Speculation on Instagram," 7 Dec. 2019 Disney has not yet addressed the news of the spinoff and the ensuing controversy. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "“Aladdin” Spinoff Focusing on Prince Anders Reportedly in Development at Disney+," 7 Dec. 2019 Find more of our travel news and advice here and check out our Gadget Lab team's favorite gear to accompany you on your trip. Wired, "The Only Thing the Tesla Cybertruck Needs Is More Lasers," 6 Dec. 2019 In the process, these white women changed what the news sounded like. Jason Loviglio, The Conversation, "NPR is still expanding the range of what authority sounds like after 50 years," 6 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday, Katie Luckesen checked her phone again and again — while snuggling with her daughter, while helping the kids with schoolwork, while making stovetop Christmas toffee — but the good news never came. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Families are reeling after FDA rejects therapy for kids born without a thymus gland," 6 Dec. 2019 The biggest news was Amazon’s order of 100,000 electric delivery vans from the Detroit startup Rivian, highlighting a year of big orders across EV classes for trucking and deliveries, says Tony Seba, co-founder of RethinkX, a Bay Area think tank. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "2019 was the year electric cars grew up," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of news

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

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“News.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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