- of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.
- characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary; not antiquated or obsolete: modern viewpoints.
- of or relating to the historical period following the Middle Ages: modern European history.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility.
- (initial capital letter) new(def 12).
- Typography. noting or descriptive of a font of numerals in which the body aligns on the baseline, as 1234567890.Compare old style(def 3).
- a person of modern times.
- a person whose views and tastes are modern.
- Printing. a type style differentiated from old style by heavy vertical strokes and straight serifs.
Origin of modern
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Examples from the Web for modern
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The number of dissenters though is unprecedented in the modern era.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
“I got the weaver to use his craftsmanship on modern silhouettes we designed,” he said.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
The End of Gangs By Sam Quinones, Pacific-Standard Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
Historical justifications for most modern celebrations can be found in the ancient world.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
The Athenian slave laws were much more mild than modern codes.
Deigma—A place in the Piræus, corresponding to the modern Exchange.
Even the village was too human, too modern, for his early-pagan mood.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A modern example of the effects it is capable of is recorded by Tartini.
In painting, we believe we possess a school second to none of modern art.
- of, involving, or befitting the present or a recent time; contemporary
- of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles or schools of art, literature, music, etc, esp those of an experimental kind
- belonging or relating to the period in history from the end of the Middle Ages to the present
- a contemporary person
- printing a type style that originated around the beginning of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by marked contrast between thick and thin strokesCompare old face
Word Origin and History for modern
c.1500, "now existing;" 1580s, "of or pertaining to present or recent times;" from Middle French moderne (15c.) and directly from Late Latin modernus "modern" (Priscian, Cassiodorus), from Latin modo "just now, in a (certain) manner," from modo (adv.) "to the measure," ablative of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (n.1)). Extended form modern-day attested from 1909.
In Shakespeare, often with a sense of "every-day, ordinary, commonplace." Slang abbreviation mod first attested 1960. Modern art is from 1807 (by contrast to ancient); modern dance first attested 1912; first record of modern jazz is from 1954. Modern conveniences first recorded 1926.
1580s, "person of the present time" (contrasted to ancient, from modern (adj.). From 1897 as "one who is up to date."