- 1 [countable, usually singular] a group of people who together introduce new styles and ideas in art, music, movies, etc. one of the most exciting directors of the Australian new wave new wave films
- 2[countable, usually singular, uncountable] new styles and ideas introduced in music, art, movies, etc. The current generation of musicians has created a new wave of American music.
- 3[uncountable] a style of rock music popular in the 1970s and 1980s