Definition of new wave in English:

new wave


  • 1A new movement or trend, especially in the arts.

    ‘a new wave was coming in architecture’
    1. 1.1A style of rock music popular in the 1970s and 1980s, deriving from punk but generally more pop in sound and less aggressive in performance.
      • ‘Their music has a little bit of many great influences, from post-punk to new wave to shoegaze.’
      • ‘It begins with a squall of synthesisers and segues into a terrific new wave guitar line and a terrific drumbeat.’
      • ‘They asked some young singers who had never heard the songs before to sing on each track, and in the process what we get is a unique way to hear our favourite new wave songs.’
      • ‘How can these two bands think they came out of a vacuum, arguing about new wave authenticity in the 21st Century?’
      • ‘Imagine that Elvis had lived, and that Col Parker got the idea that new wave was what the kids are into these days.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for nouvelle vague
      • ‘In fact, politics is one of the areas where the Toronto new wave and the French New Wave truly diverge.’
      • ‘Schrader reminds me a little of Claude Chabrol, who occupied a similar position within the French new wave of the 1960s.’
      • ‘It's hard to pin down Zhang Yimou, the maverick from China's Fifth Generation of new wave filmmakers.’
      • ‘In fact, Hatherley has a general affinity with early 1980s new wave.’
      • ‘It says something of the times that Coutard, a man who had worked with all the distinguished new wave French directors, said yes.’


new wave

/ˌn(y)o͞o ˈwāv/