General English

  • adjective made very recently, or never used before
  • adjective completely different from what was before


  • (written as NEW)
    Net economic welfare
  • acronym forNet economic welfare
    (written as NEW)

Origin & History of “new”

New goes back a long way – to Indo-European *newos, in fact. this also produced Greek néos ‘new’ (source of English neophyte and a range of other neo- compounds), Latin novus ‘new’ (ancestor of French nouveau, Italian nuovo, and Spanish nuevo, and source of English novel, novice, etc), Welsh newydd ‘new’, Lithuanian naujas ‘new’, and Russian novyj. Its prehistoric Germanic descendant was *neujaz, which has fanned out into German neu, Dutch nieuw, Swedish and Danish ny, and English new. The use of the plural noun news for ‘information’ dates from the 15th century.