noun, plural in form but singular in construction, often attributive
\ ˈnüz How to pronounce news (audio) , ˈnyüz \

Definition of news

1a : a report of recent events gave her the good news
b : previously unknown information I've got news for you
c : something having a specified influence or effect the rain was good news for lawns and gardens— Garrison Keillor the virus was bad news
2a : material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast listened to the news on the radio
b : matter that is newsworthy The layoffs were big news in this part of the state.
3 : newscast We saw it on the evening news.

Other Words from news

newsless \ ˈnüz-​ləs How to pronounce news (audio) , ˈnyüz-​ \ adjective

Examples of news in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with recommendations and breaking news, Keith will also be sharing his thoughts on restaurants, trends, gossip and all of the things that make Cincinnati one of the most enjoyable cities for dining in America. Rasputin Todd, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Various news outlets have also reported the claim is false. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 At least nine remain stuck inside the deck, blocked by fire crews working to fully extinguish the flames and investigate the cause of the fire, the news station reported. Henri Hollis, ajc, 12 May 2022 At first sip, this wine is like the guy who walks into the party, and glad-hands everyone in the room and spouts sound bites about the day’s news. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Prominent supporters and community leaders have encouraged contributions, posting on Facebook and appearing at news conferences, but Marilyn Mosby reported no gifts to the fund during her most recent ethics disclosure statement filed in April. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2022 Recent months saw a bit of good news: About 250,000 monarchs overwintered along the West Coast last winter, according to the Xerces Society, which is up from fewer than 2,000 the year before. Sunset Magazine, 12 May 2022 There also were walkouts at other schools in the Salt Lake Valley, including Olympus, Taylorsville and Skyline high schools, as well as schools in other states, such as Kentucky and Texas, according to news reports. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of news

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“News.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for news


\ ˈnüz How to pronounce news (audio) , ˈnyüz \

Kids Definition of news

1 : a report of recent events or unknown information I have good news! We won!
2 : information or recent events reported in a newspaper or magazine or on a broadcast
3 : a broadcast of information on recent events We saw pictures of a flood on the evening news.
4 : an event that is interesting enough to be reported


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