New (?), a. [Compar. Newer (?); superl. Newest.] [OE. OE. newe, AS. niwe, neowe; akin to D. nieuw, OS. niwi, OHG. niuwi, G. neu, Icel. nr, Dan. & Sw. ny, Goth. niujis, Lith. naujas, Russ. novuii, Ir. nua, nuadh, Gael. nuadh, W. newydd, Armor. nevez, L. novus, gr. , Skr. nava, and prob. to E. now. 263. See Now, and cf. Announce, Innovate, Neophyte, Novel.]


Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; -- opposed to old, as, a new coat; a new house; a new book; a new fashion.

"Your new wife."



Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes.


Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from has been; as, a new year; a new course or direction.


As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent; as, rest and travel made him a new man.

Steadfasty purposing to lead a new life. Bk. of Com. Prayer.

Men after long emaciating diets, fat, and almost new. Bacon.


Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously kniwn or famous.



Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.

New to the plow, unpracticed in the trace. Pope.


Fresh from anything; newly come.

New from her sickness to that northern air. Dryden.

New birth. See under Birth. -- New Church, ∨ New Jerusalem Church, the church holding the doctrines taught by Emanuel Swedenborg. See Swedenborgian. -- New heart Theol., a heart or character changed by the power of God, so as to be governed by new and holy motives. -- New land, land ckeared and cultivated for the first time. -- New light. Zool. See Crappie. -- New moon. (a) The moon in its first quarter, or when it first appears after being invisible. (b) The day when the new moon is first seen; the first day of the lunar month, which was a holy day among the Jews. 2 Kings iv. 23. -- New Red Sandstone Geol., an old name for the formation immediately above the coal measures or strata, now divided into the Permian and Trias. See Sandstone. -- New style. See Style. -- New testament. See under Testament. -- New world, the land of the Western Hemisphere; -- so called because not known to the inhabitants of the Eastern Hemisphere until recent times.

Syn. -- Novel; recent; fresh; modern. See Novel.


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New (?), adv.

Newly; recently.


New is much used in composition, adverbially, in the sense of newly, recently, to quality other words, as in new-born, new-formed, new-found, new-mown.

Of new, anew. [Obs.]



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New, v. t. & i.

To make new; to renew.



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