Pronunciation: (nOO, nyOO), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being: a new book.
2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel: a new concept of the universe.
3. having but lately or but now come into knowledge: a new chemical element.
4. unfamiliar or strange (often fol. by to): ideas new to us; to visit new lands.
5. having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.: a reception for our new minister.
6. unaccustomed (usually fol. by to): people new to such work.
7. coming or occurring afresh; further; additional: new gains.
8. fresh or unused: to start a new sheet of paper.
9. (of physical or moral qualities) different and better: The vacation made a new man of him.
10. other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
11. being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind: the New Testament; a new edition of Shakespeare.
12. (cap.) (of a language) in its latest known period, esp. as a living language at the present time: New High German.
1. recently or lately (usually used in combination): The valley was green with new-planted crops.
2. freshly; anew or afresh (often used in combination): roses new washed with dew; new-mown hay.
something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.: Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.