Learner's definition of NEW WAVE
a movement in which a group of people introduce new styles or ideas in art, music, politics, etc.
— usually singular
— often + of
a style of rock music that was popular especially in the 1970s and 1980s, has a strong beat, and uses many electronic instruments (such as keyboards)
a modern style of art, film, or fashion that tries to be very different or unusual often in a shocking way
— often used before another noun