Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) information about recent and important events
  2. (noun, communication) information reported in a newspaper or news magazine
  3. (noun, communication) a program devoted to current events, often using interviews and commentary
  4. (noun, communication) informal information of any kind that is not previously known to someone
  5. (noun, attribute) the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    he is no longer news in the fashion world

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Origin of the word News

  1. late 14c., plural of new (n.) "new thing," from new (adj.), q.v.; after Fr. nouvelles, used in Bible translations to render M.L. nova (neut. pl.) "news," lit. "new things." Sometimes still regarded as plural, 17c.-19c. Meaning "tidings" is early 15c. The News in the Virginia city Newport News is said to derive from the name of one of its found… more

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