\ 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 hashtag exploded in 2013 after news broke that police officer George Zimmerman had been acquitted in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 The hashtag #SelenaIsFreeParty popped up shortly after news broke that ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber was engaged to on-again, off-again fling Hailey Baldwin. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 Stock prices for the company bounced back Thursday morning after taking a dive Wednesday after the news broke. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Fallout over Papa John's N-word scandal: Here's what we know," 12 July 2018 On Wednesday, news broke that U.S. production company Pure Flix Entertainment was planning to secure the film rights to the story of the Thailand cave rescue. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Crazy Rich Asians" Director Jon M. Chu Is Reportedly Making His Own Thai Cave Rescue Film," 12 July 2018 Facebook’s shares fell about 17% in the weeks after news of the breach broke. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "SEC Probes Why Facebook Didn’t Warn Sooner on Privacy Lapse," 12 July 2018 Our ‘rebrand’ to remove the Monsanto name when we were acquired by Bayer, plus the news cycle? Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Monsanto Executives Were Feeling Pretty Good About Current News Cycle," 12 July 2018 Faster communication, the ability of computers to solve problems that once took weeks or months to crack and the shrinking news cycle are changing the environment in which government does business. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Just a week after news broke that long-time KPRC anchor Rachel McNeill is leaving Houston, ABC 13 has announced that one of their veteran journalists will be leaving the station and airwaves. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "ABC 13 veteran Tim Heller announces retirement after nearly 2 decades," 11 July 2018

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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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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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