nou·​veau nü-ˈvō How to pronounce nouveau (audio)
: newly arrived or developed

Examples of nouveau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The art nouveau towers of the Museo Universitario del Chopo, an important center for contemporary art, soar over a street that, in the early 1980s, was the locus for the city's punk and goth scenes. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 In this regard, her photographic materialism, in stills and cinema, connects to the literary modernism of its day—to the philosophical materialism of Sartre and the rising nouveau roman of Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 July 2023 Whether small or overscaled, this nouveau bow does not mince. Kristen Bateman, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2023 He’s positioned himself not just as a viable candidate but as a hero in a time of need, when our democracy is in peril from a bunch of fascist morons in red baseball caps who are apparently willing to do a nouveau Nazi salute with no regrets. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Then there’s these nouveau visionaries. Lydia Lunch, SPIN, 8 May 2022 Tony Swan Listen up, all you nouveau-riche rappers and cash-phat NBA power forwards who are right now trading in your G-wagens for this even-more-expensive super-status symbol: You can get stuck in the mud in this wundertruck very easily with these Pirellis, which are designed for the highway. Dan Neil, Car and Driver, 2 June 2020 Lucky for us, this falls right in line with the nouveau normcore trend for spring and the best fall 2023 fashion trends from the runways. Dale Arden Chong, ELLE, 20 Mar. 2023 Her sweet and adorable calico dresses and piecrust collars disappeared in this period; gone, too, were the puffy, nouveau romantic gowns. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nouveau was in 1828

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“Nouveau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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