One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something which is currently in fashion, the latest craze; something avant-garde or innovative.
2Specifically. Also with capital initials. A type of experimental jazz music of the 1960s which dispensed with the normal harmonic and rhythmic framework. Now more usually called free jazz.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in David G. Phillips (1867–1911). From new + thing.
new thing/ˌnjuː ˈθɪŋ/
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