Meaning of nova in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnəʊvə/

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nounplural noun novae/ˈnəʊviː/ , plural noun novas

  • A star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.

    See also supernova

    ‘For example, amateurs have always been to the fore in discovering comets and novae, hunting for supernovae, and monitoring events happening on the planets.’
    • ‘The camera pans across a galaxy of stars and planets, novae, and nebulae twinkling in the blackness.’
    • ‘For the same reason, the Star is unlikely to have been a nova, even though Chinese astrologers recorded the appearance of bright novae or ‘guest stars’ in March, 5 BC and April, 4 BC.’
    • ‘As matter builds in the space between the stars, the increase in energy can cause matter to be ejected from the system as a nova or supernova.’
    • ‘Environments are filled with planets, black holes, novas, asteroids and wormholes among other objects, and each is rendered with stunning detail.’


Mid 19th century (originally denoting a newly discovered or newly visible star or nebula): from Latin, feminine of novus ‘new’.