news (nz, nyz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. verb)
a. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by means of newspapers, websites, radio, television, and other forms of media.
b. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast: watched the evening news.
2. New information of any kind: The requirement was news to him.
3. Newsworthy material: "a public figure on a scale unimaginable in America; whatever he did was news" (James Atlas).
[Middle English newes, new things, tidings, pl. of newe, new thing, new; see NEW.]
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