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ˈnü How to pronounce nu (audio)
: the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet see Alphabet Table


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Examples of nu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Japanese British pop dynamo Rina Sawayama electrifies the crowd at Elton’s party with her artful mash-up of rock, electro-pop, nu-metal and even some country pop. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2023 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 May 2018

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nu was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet
Ν or ν
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