\ 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

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Some more exciting news that skincare devotees can look forward to: Glossier is re-launching The Super Serums this spring. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier Just Launched Bubblewrap, an Eye and Lip Plumping Cream I Got to Test First," 29 Apr. 2019 Good news: From now until April 22, Nordstrom is slashing prices on items from coveted fitness brands like Sweaty Betty, Ivy Park, and more, during their spring sales event. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best 15 Activewear Pieces to Buy at the Nordstrom Spring Sale," 18 Apr. 2019 The news, but shorter, delivered straight to your inbox. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 So many recent tech news stories have shared the same theme: Big Internet Company Creepily Watches Unsuspecting Users. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Yourself Less Trackable Online," 18 Apr. 2019 But as that becomes a major news story, no one seems to care that Kamala Harris grew up singing a Baptist choir. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Overlooked," 18 Apr. 2019 After offering $10,000 to $25,000 per season to players in Year 1, the NWHL scaled back to a $100,000 yearly salary cap and wages reported by news sources at between $2,500 and $10,000. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL franchise in hand, the push to bring women’s professional hockey to Seattle begins in earnest," 16 Apr. 2019 Several Deadliest Catch stars shared their sympathy shortly after news of the tragedy broke, including Captain Keith Colburn. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 15 Premiere Pays Tribute to Fishermen Who Lost Their Lives," 14 Apr. 2019 The news of Wendy and Kevin's split comes weeks after the host made her official return to The Wendy Williams Show on March 4. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Wendy Williams Fans Think She Shaded Husband Kevin Hunter in Cryptic Instagram Post," 12 Apr. 2019

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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.
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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