Definition of news in English:



mass noun
  • 1Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.

    ‘I've got some good news for you’
    • ‘As a result, concerned citizens do not receive timely news about political issues that they want.’
    • ‘A number of good internet sites contain news on current events as well as background articles.’
    • ‘At the end of every vigil we make a circle and share news and announce other events and concerns.’
    • ‘But just two months before the big day she received the terrific news that a match had been found.’
    • ‘Then he received some startling news from a phone call that all his searching was wasted.’
    • ‘But recent news from doctors suggests that he could return to work as early as Easter.’
    • ‘She's been saying this for a few weeks, not just since the recent news story.’
    • ‘He received news of his friend's death via a cryptic message left on his cell phone.’
    • ‘Sharp swings on world markets were caused by a decidedly mixed batch of recent news.’
    • ‘In a related note, this tiny nation has been making the rounds in world news in recent times.’
    • ‘It would take a long essay to answer this question, but some recent news could provide a hint.’
    • ‘The site will also feature an hour-by-hour weblog of campaign events and news stories.’
    • ‘Problem number two is that the recent economic news has been pretty poor from Labour's point of view.’
    • ‘In the life of a migrant, the big news event is not who came in first in the Bass Hill election.’
    • ‘This news has been well received by some residents who were beginning to lose faith in the council a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘On March 22nd we received some of the best news we could have received at that time.’
    • ‘Nokia did receive better news with the continued turnaround in its mobile phone division.’
    • ‘I had the day off work on Friday, so I went round to Fay's and received some unexpected news.’
    • ‘So other recent news was about media studies being taught at primary school level.’
    • ‘Doctors are already geared up to carry out the major operation within six hours of receiving the vital news.’
    1. 1.1the news A broadcast or published report of news.
      ‘he was back in the news again’
      • ‘This issue has been in the public domain for quite some time; it has been in the news.’
      • ‘Even journalists cannot enter to publish the news, and the situation there is so bad.’
      • ‘The evil ones are not afraid of officials, they are only afraid of being reported in the news.’
      • ‘Ashay was back in the news today with a somewhat confused article in the Royal Gazette.’
      • ‘Issues about or affecting teenagers are regularly in the news, but we seldom hear what they have to say.’
      • ‘Smash and grab from motor cars at stop streets or traffic lights has been in the news.’
      • ‘It was all in the news and I was just dumbfounded by what I was hearing on the TV.’
      • ‘As it happens, there's been a spate of criminal women in the news and other media lately.’
      • ‘So the idea that philosophy does relate to the everyday concerns reflected in the news is not a fanciful one at all.’
      • ‘The church and its leader have been in the news at times for various reasons.’
      • ‘Rover is still in the news today and still the government haven't done anything.’
      • ‘There's a story in the news reporting that Oxford Street may get a pedestrian fast lane.’
      • ‘Next week there will be a special Science Show about an Australian animal in the news.’
      • ‘The coaches are in the news at the moment and it got me thinking about what it is that makes a good coach.’
      • ‘Most of it seemed familiar, almost all of it is stuff we'd read in news reports and seen in the news but forgotten.’
      • ‘How we, as a society handle complaints of child abuse seems to be constantly in the news.’
      • ‘This issue got more play during the time when campaign finance reform was in the news.’
      • ‘Let's just list some of the outrageous assertions and omissions in the news today.’
      • ‘Wendy's friend Jeff was able to tell Astor why the Astoria project was in the news.’
      • ‘The idea is to engage and involve viewers in the news, and to stimulate public debate.’
      report, announcement, story, account
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    2. 1.2news toinformal Information not previously known to (someone)
      ‘this was hardly news to her’
      • ‘This is hardly news to anyone who has watched this programme's seven-year meltdown.’
      • ‘Really, that's news to me.’
    3. 1.3 A person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news.
      ‘Chanel became the hottest news in fashion’
      • ‘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’


  • be good (or bad) news

    • Be commendable or admirable (or unpleasant or undesirable)

      ‘he's good news—I get very good vibes from him’
      • ‘It is good news for Mr Mitchell, who is believed to be the only farmer in the country growing them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The email was good news for anyone who is interested in eating from local sources.’
      • ‘That appears to be good news, and we await with keen interest the fuller details of the scheme.’
      • ‘It became clear that not having done the A roads and busy roundabouts yet was not good news.’
      • ‘That may be good news for the Port of Seattle but not for the country as a whole.’
      • ‘Certainly her success is good news for her sponsors who have financed an epic adventure.’
      • ‘The deal is yet to be finalised, but if it goes ahead it should be more good news for the local economy.’
      • ‘Even though this is very good news, the levels are still lower than average for this time of year.’
      • ‘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

    • proverb Without information to the contrary you can assume that all is well.

      • ‘Maybe we operate on the classic principle that no news is good news.’
      • ‘We are on tenter-hooks all the time, but no news is good news.’
      • ‘I wish I had more to say or something to rant on, but then I suppose it's just as well - perhaps no news is good news.’
      • ‘So is no news is good news for the Finnish developer?’
      • ‘But you have to stand back and remind yourself that no news is good news.’
      • ‘He was finding it difficult to get in contact, but I think in a way, no news is good news.’
      • ‘I haven't heard from him since he went two-and-a-half weeks ago, but 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.’
      • ‘There is nothing to suggest anything untoward has happened, so we just have to assume that no news is good news.’
      • ‘I guess it's a case of no news is good news in as much as his condition hasn't deteriorated but by the same token hasn't improved.’


Late Middle English: plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’.