Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

brave new world  - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [singular] brave new world pronunciation in British English
 
  1. a society in which changes should have made people’s lives much better than before but in which people’s lives are really worse in many ways

    the brave new world of Internet banking

Word story
From Brave New World, a novel by the British writer Aldous Huxley that describes a society in which science and technology have not improved people’s lives as expected. The expression was first used in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
 

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog