Extra, extra, read all about it! If it’s new, important information, it’s news. Some news is broadcast on television, printed in newspapers, posted online, or even yelled across a classroom.

Your brother might tell you he's got great news for you — important or exciting information that you haven't heard yet. Other kinds of news could be about world events or approaching storms or a tragedy that affects your city or town. In the fourteenth century, news literally meant "new things," from a Latin root, nova, or "new." The phrase "no news is good news" has been around since the 1600s.

Definitions of news

n information about recent and important events

“they awaited news of the outcome”
intelligence, tidings, word
good word
good news
the most recent news or development
news that updates your information
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

n informal information of any kind that is not previously known to someone

“it was news to me”
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

n the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins

“he is no longer news in the fashion world”
Type of:
interest, interestingness
the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

n information reported in a newspaper or news magazine

“the news of my death was greatly exaggerated”
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business news
news about businesses and investments
account, news report, report, story, write up
a short account of the news
a broadcast of news or commentary on the news
coverage, reportage, reporting
the news as presented by reporters for newspapers or radio or television
hard news
news that deals with serious topics or events
soft news
news that does not deal with serious topics or events
stop press
late news that is inserted into the newspaper at the last minute
newsletter, newssheet
report or open letter giving informal or confidential news of interest to a special group
a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)
communique, despatch, dispatch
an official report (usually sent in haste)
urban legend
a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true
exclusive, scoop
a news report that is reported first by one news organization
radio news
a radio broadcast of news
a broadcast of sports news or commentary
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

n a program devoted to current events, often using interviews and commentary

“we watch the 7 o'clock news every night”
news program, news show
television news
a television broadcast of news
Type of:
broadcast, program, programme
a radio or television show

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