Definition of the new normal in US English:

the new normal

phrase

North American
  • A previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected.

    ‘32% of Americans say spending less is the new normal, according to a recent poll’
    • ‘The new normal, to use the American term, will be very different from the old.’
    • ‘Is $3 gas the new normal?’
    • ‘And creatively, fusion is merely an extended stay away from being the new normal.’
    • ‘The new normal is not going to be as good as conditions before the summer of 2008, but it might not be as bad as it has been in the first half of 2009, either.’
    • ‘The new normal is going to be a lot of people looking for work for the next couple of years.’
    • ‘The term 'extreme weather' has become the new normal.’
    • ‘Is the proprietary app store model the new normal?’
    • ‘"The new normal is where we were in the first six months of the year," he said.’
    • ‘Two and one-half months on, I still don't quite know for sure what the new normal is.’
    • ‘But as a high-level FAA official posed recently, "How are we going to define the new normal?"’
    • ‘Crisis has become the new normal for the nuclear medicine department at the Trois-Rivieres regional hospital, he said.’
    • ‘What many once thought of as the fringe is becoming the new normal.’
    • ‘Scientists say that this could be the new normal for Florida.’
    • ‘The new normal is that there are going to be inconveniences from time to time that you don't expect.’
    • ‘Hope has morphed into widespread gloom as widespread economic suffering becomes the new normal in America.’
    • ‘A lot of labor economists are telling me this is frankly the new normal.’