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From Middle English newly, newely, neweliche, from Old English nīwlīċe (newly), equivalent to new +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch nieuwelijks, German neulich, Danish nylig, Icelandic nýlega. More at new, -ly.


newly (comparative newlier or more newly, superlative newliest or most newly)

  1. Very recently; in the immediate past.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”
    She smelled the newly budding flowers.

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