My OED2 is silent on the matter. It only lists new-built
"freshly or recently built; rebuilt. Also fig.
" with a first citation from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and newbuilding
"A newly constructed ship; the construction of ships" with a first citation from 1948, which it claims is a translation of Danish nybygning
meaning a new building or a new ship. I assume newbuild
was subsequently derived from newbuilding
, although I have no proof of that, nor do I have any knowledge as to when newbuild
came into use. It seems to be common only in BE. Examples found with Google suggest that it didn't happen until the 2000s:http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/24/trave...
This "newbuild," cruise industry lingo for a new ship, has designs on a four-deck-high AquaDuck, a combination water slide and roller coaster.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/3359348/P...
Property market watch: Anyone for a crispy-coated, candy-coloured newbuild?