- 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 modernness
This change and desecration, this inroad of modernness, merely completes its eternity.The Spirit of Rome
And what makes this exclusiveness the more repulsive is its modernness.The Sympathy of Religions
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Painted some thirty years later, it is interesting to see what it has gained in “modernness.”The Venetian School of Painting
Evelyn March Phillipps
But the third drawing in Fig. 18 is remarkable alike for the modernness both of the bow and the posture of the hand holding it.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
There is the same contrast between the antiquity of the events and the modernness of the characters.The English Stage
- 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 modernness
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."