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See also: Newcomer, new-comer, and new comer


Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle English newe-comere, equivalent to new- +‎ comer. Compare Old English nīwcumen (new comer, neophyte, novice).



newcomer (plural newcomers)

  1. One who has recently come to a community; a recent arrival.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] [1], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, →OCLC, page 550:
      Welcome, we²l'ku²m. a.
      Received with gladneſs, admitted willingly, grateful []
      Welcome, we²l'ku²m. interj.
      A form of ſalutation uſed to a new comer.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[2]:
      As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
  2. A new participant in some activity; a neophyte.


Related terms[edit]


  • German: Newcomer


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