nou·​veau | \ nü-ˈvō How to pronounce nouveau (audio) \

Definition of nouveau

: newly arrived or developed

Examples of nouveau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, straight out of Carnegie Mellon drama school, Chanté Adams landed the lead in the Netflix biopic Roxanne Roxanne—and a starring role in the nouveau Black Love classic The Photograph shortly thereafter. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 16 Mar. 2022 Pinot noir-lovers might like to know that Rahn recently made a refreshing nouveau-style pinot for New Seasons Market. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2022 From the nouveau-style tempranillo to their late harvest pinot gris, there is never a dull moment at their winery and tasting room in the scenic hills above Amity. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 Large open spaces, high ceilings and a nouveau gothic aesthetic serve to enhance the looming presence of an aging building and the spirits which haunt it. Jamie Lang, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021 In 1921, movie stardom had upended the traditional social hierarchy, and Arbuckle’s celebrated spending turned into a cautionary tale of nouveau-riche decadence. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 For nouveau Cajun cuisine, try Café Sydnie Mae, in Breaux Bridge. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 And at 65, the California native seems to have found a new niche as the king of the nouveau Western, winning a lead-actor Emmy for 2012's Hatfields & McCoys and starring for three seasons on the flinty drama series Yellowstone. Leah Greenblatt,, 5 Nov. 2020 Unlike typical, nouveau food-trucks, the taco bus is parked semi-permanently. Matt Wake |, al, 9 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nouveau

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nouveau

borrowed from French, "new," going back to Middle French (back-formation from the plural nouveaulx, nouveaux), going back to Old French novel, going back to Latin novellus "young, tender (of plants or animals)," from novus "new" + -ellus, diminutive suffix — more at new entry 1

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22 Mar 2022

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“Nouveau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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