nouvelle (n.) Look up nouvelle at Dictionary.com
"short fictitious narrative dealing with a single situation or aspect of a character," 1670s, French nouvelle (11c.), literally "new" (see novel (adj.)).
nouvelle cuisine Look up nouvelle cuisine at Dictionary.com
style of cooking emphasizing freshness and presentation, 1975, French, literally "new cooking."
nova (n.) Look up nova at Dictionary.com
1877, from Latin nova, fem. singular adjective of novus "new" (see new), used with stella "star" (a feminine noun in Latin) to describe a new star not previously known. Classical plural is novae.
novate (v.) Look up novate at Dictionary.com
"to replace by something new," 1610s, from past participle stem of Latin novare "to make new," from novus "new" (see new).
novation (n.) Look up novation at Dictionary.com
"replacement of an old obligation by a new one," 1530s, from Latin novationem (nominative novatio) "a making new, renewal," noun of action from past participle stem of novare "make new," from novus "new" (see new).
novel (adj.) Look up novel at Dictionary.com
"new, strange, unusual," early 15c., but little used before 1600, from Old French novel, nouvel "new, young, fresh, recent; additional; early, soon" (Modern French nouveau, fem. nouvelle), from Latin novellus "new, young, recent," diminutive of novus "new" (see new).
novel (n.) Look up novel at Dictionary.com
"fictitious narrative," 1560s, from Italian novella "short story," originally "new story," from Latin novella "new things" (source of Middle French novelle, French nouvelle), neuter plural or fem. of novellus (see novel (adj.)). Originally "one of the tales or short stories in a collection" (especially Boccaccio's), later (1630s) "long work of fiction," works which had before that been called romances.
A novel is like a violin bow; the box which gives off the sounds is the soul of the reader. [Stendhal, "Life of Henri Brulard"]
novelist (n.) Look up novelist at Dictionary.com
"writer of novels," 1728, hybrid from novel (n.) + -ist. Influenced by Italian novellista. Earlier in English, it meant "an innovator" (1580s).
novelize (v.) Look up novelize at Dictionary.com
1640s, "to make new," from novel (adj.) + -ize. From 1828 as "to make into a novel" (from novel (n.)). Related: Novelized; novelizing.
novella Look up novella at Dictionary.com
1902; see novel (n.).
novelty (n.) Look up novelty at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "quality of being new," also "a new manner or fashion, an innovation; something new or unusual," from Old French noveleté "newness, innovation, change; news, new fashion" (Modern French nouveauté), from novel "new" (see novel (adj.)). Meaning "newness" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "useless but amusing object" is attested from 1901 (as in novelty shop, 1973).
November Look up November at Dictionary.com
c.1200, from Old French novembre and directly from Latin November (also Novembris (mensis)), from novem "nine" (see nine). The ninth month of the Roman calendar, which began in March. For -ber see December. In Old English, it was Blotmonað "month of sacrifice," literally "blood-month," the time when the early Saxons prepared for winter by sacrificing animals, which they then butchered and stored for food.
novena (n.) Look up novena at Dictionary.com
1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus "ninefold," from novem "nine" (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.
novice (n.) Look up novice at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "probationer in a religious order," from Old French novice "beginner" (12c.), from Medieval Latin novicius, noun use of Latin novicius "newly imported, newly arrived, inexperienced" (of slaves), from novus "new" (see new). Meaning "inexperienced person" is attested from early 15c.
novitiate (n.) Look up novitiate at Dictionary.com
also noviciate, "state of being a novice," c.1600, from Middle French noviciat or directly from Medieval Latin novitiatus, from Late Latin novitius "novice," from Latin adjective novicius (see novice).
novocain (n.) Look up novocain at Dictionary.com
also novocaine, 1905, originally a trademark name for procaine (by Lucius & Brüning, Hoechst am Main, Germany), from comb. form of Latin novus "new" (see new) + -caine, abstracted from cocaine. As a local anaesthetic, it began as a substitute for cocaine.
Novus Ordo Seclorum Look up Novus Ordo Seclorum at Dictionary.com
on the Great Seal of the United States of America, apparently an allusion to line 5 of Virgil's "Eclogue IV," in an 18c. edition: Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo "The great series of ages begins anew." The seal's designer, Charles Thomson, wrote that the words "signify the beginnings of the New American Era." (see Annuit Coeptis).
now (adv.) Look up now at Dictionary.com
Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cognates: Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.

Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (as in Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.
nowadays (adv.) Look up nowadays at Dictionary.com
late 14c., contracted from Middle English nou adayes (mid-14c.), from now + adayes "during the day," with adverbial genitive (see day).
nowhere (adv.) Look up nowhere at Dictionary.com
Old English nahwær "nowhere, not at all;" see no + where. Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (1520s) and nowhen (1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words.
nowhither (adv.) Look up nowhither at Dictionary.com
"toward no place," Old English nahwiðer; see no + whither.
noxious (adj.) Look up noxious at Dictionary.com
c.1500, from Latin noxius "hurtful, injurious," from noxa "injury, hurt, damage entailing liability" (related to nocere "to hurt," and to nex "slaughter"), from PIE *nek-ro-, causative form of root *nek- (1) "death" (see necro-).
nozzle (n.) Look up nozzle at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., noselle "socket on a candlestick," diminutive of nose (see nose (n.)). Meaning "small spout" first recorded 1680s.
nth Look up nth at Dictionary.com
1852, in phrase to the nth, figurative use of a mathematical term indicating indefinite number, in which n is an abbreviation for number (n.).
nuance (n.) Look up nuance at Dictionary.com
1781, from French nuance "slight difference, shade of color" (17c.), from nuer "to shade," from nue "cloud," from Gallo-Roman *nuba, from Latin nubes "a cloud, mist, vapor," from PIE *sneudh- "fog" (cognates: Avestan snaoda "clouds," Latin obnubere "to veil," Welsh nudd "fog," Greek nython, in Hesychius "dark, dusky"). According to Klein, a reference to "the different colors of the clouds."
nuance (v.) Look up nuance at Dictionary.com
1886, from nuance (n.). Related: Nuanced.
nuanced (adj.) Look up nuanced at Dictionary.com
1896, past participle adjective from verb nuance (q.v.).
The new co-operative history of English literature which the University of Cambridge is now publishing prints "genre" without italics. And it even permits one contributor--and a contributor who is discussing Shakespeare!--to say that something is delicately "nuanced." Is there now an English verb "to nuance"? It is terrible to think of the bad language the scholars of the venerable English university might have used if "nuanced" had been first discovered in the text of an American author. [Scribner's Magazine," January 1911]
nub (n.) Look up nub at Dictionary.com
"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.
nubbin (n.) Look up nubbin at Dictionary.com
"stunted ear of corn," 1690s, American English diminutive of nub. General sense of "small piece" is from 1857.
nubby (adj.) Look up nubby at Dictionary.com
1876, from nub + -y (2).
Nubia Look up Nubia at Dictionary.com
ultimately from a local word, said to be related to Coptic noubti "to weave," or from Nubian nub "gold." In the fashion sense "woman's light scarf" it is from French, from Latin nubes "cloud" (see nuance).
Nubian Look up Nubian at Dictionary.com
c.1400 (n.), c.1730 (adj.), from Medieval Latin Nubianus, from Nubia (see Nubia).
nubile (adj.) Look up nubile at Dictionary.com
1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband" (see nuptial). In sense of "young and sexually attractive" from 1973. Related: Nubility.
nuchal (adj.) Look up nuchal at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to the spinal cord," 1835, medical Latin, from nucha "spinal cord" (c.1400), from Medieval Latin nucha, from Arabic nukha "spinal marrow."
nuclear (adj.) Look up nuclear at Dictionary.com
1846, "of or like the nucleus of a cell," from nucleus + -ar, probably by influence of French nucléaire. Use in atomic physics is from 1914; of weapons, from 1945. Hence nuclear physics (1933), nuclear energy (1941), nuclear war (1954). Nuclear winter coined by Richard Turco, but first attested in article by Carl Sagan in "Parade" magazine, Oct. 30, 1983. General sense of "central" is from 1912. Nuclear family, originally a sociologists' term, is first attested 1949 in "Social Structure," by American anthropologist G.P. Murdock (1897-1985). Alternative adjective nucleal is recorded from 1840.
nucleation (n.) Look up nucleation at Dictionary.com
1861, noun of action from nucleate (v.), from Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare, from nucleus (see nucleus).
nucleic (adj.) Look up nucleic at Dictionary.com
1892, in nucleic acid, translation of German Nukleinsäure (1889), from Nuklein "substance obtained from a cell nucleus" (see nucleus + -in (2)) + -ic.
nucleolus (n.) Look up nucleolus at Dictionary.com
1845, from Latin nucleolus, literally "a little nut," diminutive of nucleus (see nucleus).
nucleotide (n.) Look up nucleotide at Dictionary.com
1908, from German nucleotid (1908), from nucleo-, modern comb. form of Latin nucleus (see nucleus) + -ide, with -t- for the sake of euphony.
nucleus (n.) Look up nucleus at Dictionary.com
1704, "kernel of a nut," 1708, "head of a comet," from Latin nucleus "kernel," from nucula "little nut," diminutive of nux (genitive nucis) "nut," from PIE *kneu- "nut" (cognates: Middle Irish cnu, Welsh cneuen, Middle Breton knoen "nut," Old Norse hnot, Old English hnutu "nut"). General sense of "central part or thing, about which others cluster" is from 1762. Use in reference to cells first recorded 1831. Modern atomic meaning is 1912, first by Ernest Rutherford, though theoretical use for "central point of an atom" is from 1844, in Faraday.
nuclide (n.) Look up nuclide at Dictionary.com
1947, from nucleus + -ide.
nude (adj.) Look up nude at Dictionary.com
1530s, a legal term, "unsupported, not formally attested," from Latin nudus "naked, bare, unclothed, stripped" (see naked). General sense of "mere, plain, simple" attested from 1550s. In reference to the human body, meaning "unclothed," it is an artistic euphemism for naked, dating from 1610s (implied in nudity) but not in common use in this sense until mid-19c.
nude (n.) Look up nude at Dictionary.com
"nude figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see nude (adj.)).
nudge (v.) Look up nudge at Dictionary.com
"to push slightly with the elbow," 1670s, perhaps from Scandinavian (compare Norwegian nugge, nyggje "to jostle, rub;" Icelandic nugga "to rub, massage"). Related: Nudged; nudging.
nudge (n.1) Look up nudge at Dictionary.com
"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).
nudge (n.2) Look up nudge at Dictionary.com
"a slight push," 1836, from nudge (v.).
nudie (n.) Look up nudie at Dictionary.com
"a nude show," 1935, from nude (adj.) -ie
nudism (n.) Look up nudism at Dictionary.com
1929, from French nudisme (see nude + -ism). Nudist "one who practices nudism" appeared at the same time.
Made in Germany, imported to France, is the cult of Nudism, a mulligan stew of vegetarianism, physical culture and pagan worship. ["Time," July 1, 1929]
nudist Look up nudist at Dictionary.com
1929, adjective and noun, from French nudiste or formed in English from nude (adj.) + -ist; also see nudism.
nudity (n.) Look up nudity at Dictionary.com
1610s, from nude (adj.) + -ity; or else from French nudité "nakedness" (14c.) or directly from Late Latin nuditatem (nominative nuditas) "nakedness," from Latin nudus "naked, bare" (see naked).