- of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.
- not long past: in recent years.
- of or belonging to a time not long past.
- (initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.
- Also called Holocene. (initial capital letter) Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.
Origin of recent
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Examples from the Web for recentness
Men's minds still were shuddering from the recentness of the escape.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
And its recentness in human history may account for some of our blindness to this great fact.How to Analyze People on Sight
Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
How often had he faced a widowed mother and her daughter, in mourning so deep as to suggest the recentness of their loss.Cobwebs and Cables
- having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new
- geology another word for Holocene
Word Origin and History for recentness
early 15c., from Latin recentem (nominative recens) "lately done or made, new, fresh, young," from re- (see re-) + PIE root *ken- "fresh, new, young" (cf. Greek kainos "new;" Sanskrit kanina- "young;" Old Irish cetu- "first;" Old Church Slavonic načino "to begin," koni "beginning"). Related: Recently; recentness (1670s, but OED reports recency (1610s) was "Common in 19th c.").
- See Holocene.