new (n, ny) KEY
Middle English newe, from Old English nwe, nowe; see newo- in Indo-European roots
new, fresh, novel2, newfangled, original
These adjectives describe what has existed for only a short time, has only lately come into use, or has only recently arrived at a state or position, as of prominence: New is the most general: a new movie; a new friend. "It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities" (John F. Kennedy). Something fresh has qualities of newness such as briskness, brightness, or purity: fresh footprints in the snow; fresh hope of discovering a vaccine. Novel applies to the new and strikingly unusual: "His sermons were considered bold in thought and novel in language" (Edith Wharton). Newfangled suggests that something is needlessly novel: "the newfangled doctrine of utility" (John Galt). Something that is original is novel and the first of its kind: "The science of pure mathematics, in its modern development, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit" (Alfred North Whitehead).