\ ˈnü How to pronounce nu (audio) , ˈnyü \

Definition of nu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Definition of NU (Entry 2 of 2)

1 name unknown
2 Nunavut

Examples of nu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The funk-metal band helped change alternative rock in the 1980s, bringing alt-metal to the forefront and laying the groundwork for the nu metal acts that would emerge in the 1990s. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Korn, Faith No More hitting the road together this summer," 18 Feb. 2020 In the shoot, Lonsdale -- wearing eclectic nu-school menswear pieces from Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela and Prada, and a bright, off-white wig styled by Iggy Rosales -- poses for profile shots in and around a Los Angeles apartment complex. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Blending Music With Fashion, Teaming With Thom Kerr For New Shoot: See Exclusive Photos," 9 Oct. 2019 Many of their contemporaries from the nu metal boom years are gone now, but Papa Roach, much to their own surprise, endure. Allison Stewart,, "Papa Roach has survived the nu metal fallout like roaches outlive nuclear winter," 22 Aug. 2019 And in October, Ruiz released her third Jessica 6 album, The Eliot Sessions, which features eights songs dripping in her signature smoldering nu-disco sound. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 Moose's Tooth's summer music series kicked off last month with Nas and rocks on this weekend with classic nu metal, alternative rock band, Incubus. Anchorage Daily News, "This week in Anchorage: Incubus, Girdwood Forest Fair and beer in the Alaska Botanical Garden," 6 July 2018 The drama was rowdily amplified by the nu metallers of the late ’90s and early 2000s, who experimented with rhythmic contrast by placing swampy funk and break-danceable beats amid the thudding of metal. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Korn have been canonized as metal icons -- nu or otherwise -- and 25 years later, their debut’s rightfully being hailed as one of the most original albums of the ’90s. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 The band, which debuted in 1994, were pioneers in the genre of nu metal, combining elements of alternative rock and hip hop. Trevor Fraser,, "Jonathan Davis shows off his mellow side in Orlando," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of nu


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nu


Greek ny, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew nūn nun

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“Nu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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