existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time: Newton's discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz.
of about the same age or date: a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand.
of the present time; modern: a lecture on the contemporary novel.
a person belonging to the same time or period with another or others.
a person of the same age as another.
- con·tem·po·rar·i·ly, adverb
- con·tem·po·rar·i·ness, noun
- non·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·con·tem·po·rar·ies.
- post·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective
- ul·tra·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective, noun, plural ul·tra·con·tem·po·rar·ies.
- un·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective
- contemporary , contemporaneous (see synonym study at the current entry)
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How to use contemporary in a sentence
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.
Some of the authors most revered by their contemporaries now languish in relative obscurity.
Fans of Virginia Woolf may enjoy the following list of books written by her less famous female contemporaries.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf | Louisa Treger | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cummings, however, has proven far more controversial and arguably less palatable than her contemporaries.
Their laptop-less contemporaries may also get distracted by what their friends are looking at.
His letters are simply laughable, especially his characters of contemporaries.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Map and Chrétien were certainly contemporaries, but in neither case do we know the date of birth.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The proofs you have given so far are but solemn pledges to outdo all your contemporaries.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
If his book is bad for our times and for us, it was very good for his contemporaries, and his religion was still better.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
We should always aim at perfection, and then posterity will do us that justice which sometimes our contemporaries refuse us.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
British Dictionary definitions for contemporary
belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time
existing or occurring at the present time
conforming to modern or current ideas in style, fashion, design, etc
having approximately the same age as one another
a person living at the same time or of approximately the same age as another
something that is contemporary
journalism a rival newspaper
- contemporarily, adverb
- contemporariness, noun
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