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Pronunciation: /njuːz
 
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Definition of news in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events: I’ve got some good news for you
More example sentences
  • She's been saying this for a few weeks, not just since the recent news story.
  • The site will also feature an hour-by-hour weblog of campaign events and news stories.
  • As a result, concerned citizens do not receive timely news about political issues that they want.
1.1 (the news) A broadcast or published report of news: he was back in the news again
More example sentences
  • There's a story in the news reporting that Oxford Street may get a pedestrian fast lane.
  • Issues about or affecting teenagers are regularly in the news, but we seldom hear what they have to say.
  • The evil ones are not afraid of officials, they are only afraid of being reported in the news.
Synonyms
report, announcement, story, account;
message, dispatch, statement, intelligence;
disclosure, revelation, word, talk, notice, intimation, the latest, gossip, tittle-tattle, rumour, scandal, exposé
informal scoop
literary tidings
archaic advices
1.2 (news to) informal Information not previously known to (someone): this was hardly news to her
More example sentences
  • This is hardly news to anyone who has watched this programme's seven-year meltdown.
  • Really, that's news to me.
1.3A person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news: Chanel became the hottest news in fashion
More example sentences
  • We know that fashion isn't real news, unless a company buys one of its rivals.
  • In any event they are big sums, and like big names, they are always news.E2.0.CO%3B2-K

Origin

late Middle English: plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova 'new things'.

Phrases

be good (or bad) news

1
Be commendable or admirable (or unpleasant or undesirable): he’s good news—I get very good vibes from him
More example sentences
  • This was good news as the chicken house I'd just built was way to heavy for me to move so I needed a hand.
  • That appears to be good news, and we await with keen interest the fuller details of the scheme.
  • There is an amazing number of new cars on the way in 2005, which is good news for the buyer.

no news is good news

2
proverb Without information to the contrary you can assume that all is well.
Example sentences
  • There is nothing to suggest anything untoward has happened, so we just have to assume that no news is good news.
  • Sometimes we think that maybe no news is good news but if it carries on any longer the doubts will certainly become stronger.
  • I haven't heard from him since he went two-and-a-half weeks ago, but no news is good news.

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