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.

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 More heavy rain is in the forecast for the Midwest and Ohio Valley over the next few days, which is not good news for areas hit hard by historic flooding. Fox News, 4 Aug. 2022 Cooper’s return is the best possible news for the Browns, especially considering Cooper underwent ankle surgery last offseason and that the Browns are still slim at the position right now. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 That would be big news in a lot of states, but Kansas has been solidly Republican for a long time. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 That is worrisome news at a time when the only vaccines available are tailored to the first iteration of the virus and is not stellar at holding up against reinfection. Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 That was even better news for Samsung fans looking to buy the Fold 4 or Flip 4. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Aug. 2022 The actual existence of the law, known as Section 62F, should not be news on Beacon Hill. Matt Stout,, 2 Aug. 2022 The strategy out of Africa, shared exclusively with Variety, was refreshing news as streamers begin to tighten their content spend as global subscriber growth slows. Thinus Ferreira, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022 My takeaway: The cost to ship a 40-foot container keeps coming down, which is good news. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of news

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

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6 Aug 2022

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“News.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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