any of various new or experimental trends or movements, as in the arts or popular culture
calque of Fr nouvelle vague; see wave,
See new wave in American Heritage Dictionary 4
often New Wave
a. A movement in French cinema in the 1960s, led by directors such as Jean Luc Godard and François Truffaut, that abandoned traditional narrative techniques in favor of greater use of symbolism and abstraction and dealt with themes of social alienation, psychopathology, and sexual love. Also called nouvelle vague.
b. Any of various new movements in cinema, especially one led by a group of experimental filmmakers.
An avant-garde or experimental movement, as in the arts.
Music A style of rock music popularized in the early 1980s, marked by the use of synthesizers.