(1)   Unfamiliar
"New experiences"
"Experiences new to him"
"Errors of someone new to the job"
(2)   Having no previous example or precedent or parallel
"A time of unexampled prosperity"
(3)   (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
"New potatoes"
"Young corn"
(4)   Used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
"Modern English"
"New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"
(5)   In use after medieval times
"New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties"
(6)   Lacking training or experience
"The new men were eager to fight"
"Raw recruits"
(7)   Not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
"A new law"
"New cars"
"A new comet"
"A new friend"
"A new year"
"The New World"
(8)   Original and of a kind not seen before
"The computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"
(9)   (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
"Newfangled ideas"
"She buys all these new-fangled machines and never uses them"
(10)   Unaffected by use or exposure
"It looks like new"


(11)   Very recently
"They are newly married"
"Newly raised objections"
"A newly arranged hairdo"
"Grass new washed by the rain"
"A freshly cleaned floor"
"We are fresh out of tomatoes"


From , from , from . Germanic cognates include Dutch , German , Swedish, Norwegian and Danish . Indo-European cognates include Latin , Ancient Greek , Armenian , Russian , Welsh , Persian .


  1. Recently made, or created.
    This is a new scratch on my car!
    The band just released a new album.
  2. Additional; recently discovered.
    We turned up some new evidence from the old files.
  3. Current or later, as opposed to former.
    My new car is much better than my previous one, even though it is older.
    We had been in our new house for five years by then.
  4. Used to distinguish something established more recently, named after something or some place previously existing.
    New Bond Street is an extension of Bond Street.
  5. In original condition; pristine; not previously worn or used.
    Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand one?
  6. Refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed.
    That shirt is dirty. Go and put on a new one.
    I feel like a new person after a good night's sleep.
    After the accident, I saw the world with new eyes.
  7. Young.
    My sister has a new baby, and our mother is excited to finally have a grandchild.
  8. Of recent origin; having taken place recently.
    I can't see you for a while; the pain is still too new.
    Did you see the new King Lear at the theatre?
  9. Strange, unfamiliar or not previously known.
    The idea was new to me.
    I need to meet new people.
  10. Recently arrived or appeared.
    Have you met the new guy in town?
    She is the new kid at school.
  11. Inexperienced or unaccustomed at some task.
    Don't worry that you're new at this job; you'll get better with time.
    I'm new at this business.
  12. next; about to begin or recently begun
    We expect to grow at 10% annually in the new decade.


  • (recently made, created, or appeared): brand new, recent
  • (additional, recently discovered): recent
  • ('current or later): current
  • (in original condition, pristine): brand new, brand spanking new, mint, pristine
  • (refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed): born-again, reformed, refreshed, reinvigorated, revived
  • (young): young, newborn
  • (of recent origin): fresh
  • (strange, unfamiliar): strange, unfamiliar
  • (recently arrived or appeared): novel, singular
  • (inexperienced, unaccustomed): brand new, green
  • See also Wikisaurus:new


  • (recently made, created, or appeared): ancient, dated, old
  • (additional, recently discovered): dated, old
  • ('current or later): former, old
  • (distinguishing something established more recently): old
  • (in original condition, pristine): old, used, worn
  • (refreshed, reinvigorated, reformed): old
  • (young): old
  • (of recent origin): original, previous
  • (strange, unfamiliar): familiar, old
  • (recently arrived or appeared): established
  • (inexperienced, unaccustomed): accustomed, experienced, expert


  1. Things that are new.
    Out with the old, in with the new.
  2. A kind of light beer.