[ mod-ern ]
/ ˈmɒd ərn /
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.
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.
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Origin of modern
1490–1500; < Middle French moderne < Late Latin modernus, equivalent to Latin mod(o), mod(ō) lately, just now (orig. ablative singular of modus mode1) + -ernus adj. suffix of time
SYNONYMS FOR modern
1 Modern, recent, late apply to that which is near to or characteristic of the present as contrasted with any other time. Modern is applied to those things that exist in the present age, especially in contrast to those of a former age or an age long past; hence the word sometimes has the connotation of up-to-date and, thus, good: modern ideas. That which is recent is separated from the present or the time of action by only a short interval; it is new, fresh, and novel: recent developments. Late may mean nearest to the present moment: the late reports on the battle.
OTHER WORDS FROM modern
mod·ern·ly, adverbmod·ern·ness, nounan·ti·mod·ern, adjective, nounan·ti·mod·ern·ly, adverb
an·ti·mod·ern·ness, nounhy·per·mod·ern, adjectivenon·mod·ern, adjective, nounnon·mod·ern·ly, adverbnon·mod·ern·ness, nounpre·mod·ern, adjectivepro·mod·ern, adjectivepseu·do·mod·ern, adjectivequa·si-mod·ern, adjectivesu·per·mod·ern, adjectiveun·mod·ern, adjective
Words nearby modern
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British Dictionary definitions for antimodern
/ (ˈmɒdən) /
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
Derived forms of modernmodernly, adverbmodernness, noun
Word Origin for modern
C16: from Old French, from Late Latin modernus, from modō (adv) just recently, from modus mode
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