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 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,, "Kevin Costner and Diane Lane elevate the bloody, pulpy Western Let Him Go: Review," 5 Nov. 2020 Unlike typical, nouveau food-trucks, the taco bus is parked semi-permanently. Matt Wake |, al, "A beloved taco-bus rides again in Huntsville," 9 Oct. 2020 A 21st century football brand fueled by endless promise; a nouveau-riche social, commercial and cultural phenomena; a superstar who's no stranger to the scrutiny of the public eye. Aleks Klosok, CNN, "Why it's now or never in Neymar's quest for European glory," 11 Aug. 2020 Muriel Spark’s more astringent, nouveau roman–style performances may be another starting place for comparisons—or maybe Ottessa Moshfegh’s delicious cruelties. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 19 Aug. 2019 Bad boy Vice Media is suddenly nouveau riche, everyone wants a piece of BuzzFeed, and while First Look may only have one funder— Mat Honan, WIRED, "Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention," 17 Dec. 2014

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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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The first known use of nouveau was in 1828

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“Nouveau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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