from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A movement in French cinema in the 1960s, led by directors such as Jean Luc Godard and François Truffaut, that abandoned traditional narrative techniques in favor of greater use of symbolism and abstraction and dealt with themes of social alienation, psychopathology, and sexual love.
  • noun Any of various new movements in cinema, especially one led by a group of experimental filmmakers.
  • noun An avant-garde or experimental movement, as in the arts.
  • noun Music A style of rock music popularized in the early 1980s, marked by the use of synthesizers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Representing the latest and most advanced style; trendy; faddish.
  • noun A pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early to mid-1980s, incorporating punk beats and synthesized sounds.

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  • noun an art movement in French cinema in the 1960s
  • noun any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of French nouvelle vague : nouvelle, new + vague, wave.]


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