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 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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“Nouveau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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