: communication, information, or entertainment that is not news or not newsworthy
… the airwaves will be jammed with news and non-news of the most hair-raising presidential derby on record.Jennifer Harper
often used before another noun
non-news programsa non-news event

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The decision to label the BBC’s main non-news account rather than its news account was also puzzling. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023 Limit screen time to non-news coverage programming for your young children. Amy Joyce, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2023 Facebook’s block reportedly reduced traffic to Australian news sites by around 30 percent, and was widely criticized for impacting non-news content like official government pages. Jon Porter, The Verge, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-news was in 1902

Dictionary Entries Near non-news

Cite this Entry

“Non-news.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non-news. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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