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[moh-dairn, muh-] /moʊˈdɛərn, mə-/
pretentiously modern; striving to appear modern but lacking style or conviction.
(often initial capital letter) of or noting a style of decorative art and architecture of the 1930s and 1940s that was influenced by streamlined industrial design of airplanes, ships, and cars: usually considered to be a later development of art deco.
Origin of moderne
< French: modern Unabridged
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  • I have now cited such Authors both ancient and moderne, who have directly maintained the same opinion.

  • Hffding's protest against the use of the word "radicalism" applied to Nietzsche, in moderne Filosofer, is thus beside the mark.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
British Dictionary definitions for moderne


(mainly US) of or relating to the style of architecture and design, prevalent in Europe and the US in the late 1920s and 1930s, typified by the use of straight lines, tubular chromed steel frames, contrasting inlaid woods, etc Compare Art Deco
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