newt

noun
\ˈnüt, ˈnyüt\

Definition of newt 

: any of various small salamanders (family Salamandridae) that are usually semiaquatic as adults

Illustration of newt

Illustration of newt

Examples of newt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Here are some memorable words from Thursday's finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: EBBET A common green newt. Ben Nuckols, Fox News, "Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee," 1 June 2018 Here are some memorable words from Thursday’s finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: EBBET A common green newt. Washington Post, "Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 Just don’t accidentally trade a gray newt for a Babe Ruth. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Science," 11 Oct. 2017 Not all witches deal in cemetery dirt and eyes of newt — this limited-edition purse spray is for the Glindas, Sabrinas, and Hermiones out there. Meirav Devash, Allure, "13 Halloween Beauty Products That Are Spooky AF," 6 Oct. 2017 Adam Dublinske, a 20-year-old from Milford, Iowa, and other Marines joined the biologists’ efforts to watch for newts. David Whiting, Orange County Register, "Here’s why Marines are blowing up 3 dams in Orange County’s canyons," 22 Mar. 2017 There is a dwarf who wears a gold ring as a belt; a newt who may or may not be named Reddy; a girl in tap shoes who bakes a chicken. Alice Gregory, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Stump the Bookseller," 16 Mar. 2017 A rainbow snake and Klingon newt are among the whimsical new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region, scientists announced today. National Geographic, "Rainbow Snake, Klingon Newt Among 163 Newfound Species," 19 Dec. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'newt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of newt

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for newt

Middle English, alteration (resulting from misdivision of an ewte) of ewte — more at eft

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about newt

Statistics for newt

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for newt

The first known use of newt was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for newt

newt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of newt

: a small animal that lives mostly in water and that has four short legs, a long, low body and tail, and soft, wet skin

newt

noun
\ˈnüt, ˈnyüt\

Kids Definition of newt

: a small salamander that often lives on land but lays eggs in water

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on newt

See words that rhyme with newt

Spanish Central: Translation of newt

Nglish: Translation of newt for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about newt

Comments on newt

What made you want to look up newt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!